Because slab leaks are hidden underneath the foundation slab of your home, you might not notice them right away. In fact, unless you have a pipe burst, it can take months before you realize anything is wrong unless you know what to look for. To help you catch a leak in your home before significant damage is incurred, let’s take a look at 5 ways to check for slab leaks.
1. Check Your Floors
Because your floors are in close contact with your foundation, they are often the first place you will see the damage from a slab leak. When a slab leak reaches your floors, you will notice:
- Soggy or mildew-smelling carpeting,
- Cracks in tile floors,
- Water damage to the wood floor.
If the leak is in a hot water line, you should notice that the floor feels strangely warm in certain spots.
Now, if it has reached this point, the leak must be pretty severe. However, you will hopefully catch it before it destroys the majority of the foundation. The goal will be to minimize the damage and prevent it from ruining your home.
2. Note Your Water Pressure
Even small leaks tend to cause a change in water pressure. If you have felt like your shower just isn’t as powerful as it once was and your sink has been a little weak, a slab leak could be the culprit. Are there other things that could cause a change in water pressure? Yes, but considering how damaging a slab leak can be, we feel it is best to rule it out.
3. Look at Your Walls
When slab leaks begin to impact the stability of your foundation, the first place you will notice it is in your walls. Tiny shifts in the slab will cause cracks in the walls and baseboards. If you notice these cracks, it is time to call a plumber and a contractor. With luck, the shifting will be minimal and your home can be saved with some work.
4. Compare Water Bills
Because slab leaks release water constantly, they will cause your water bill to increase. If you can think of another logical reason for your bill to have gone up—such as starting to water your lawn or filling up your pool—you do not need the become concerned. But if the jump in price is one you cannot explain, it is advisable to look into the possibility of a slab leak.
5. Take a Look at Your Meter
The needle on your water meter only spins when there is water being pulled from the city supply. If your faucets are off and the toilet isn’t running, but the needle is moving, this indicates that you have a leak. Is it a slab leak? This is just one possibility. However, it is one that you should call a plumber to investigate.
If You Are in Orange County, Call Orange Coast Plumbing
Slab leaks are a major concern, and if you suspect you have one, you should not wait to have your home inspected. We are happy to inspect and repair your plumbing problems at any hour to make sure that your home is safe and secure. Simply give us a call.