4 Causes of A Slab Leak

 For many homes, slab leaks are a common nightmare. The pesky leaks occur underneath the slabs of concrete beneath a home–this also makes them very hard detect.  However, it’s important to keep an eye out for any damages that has happened to prevent further issues. Have you noticed damp spots on the floor and carpets? Are you experiencing lower water pressure than usual? These might be signs that you have a slab leak. A slab leak can be a big deal and a costly affair if left unresolved. Here are 4 signs that you may have encountered a slab leak.

Improper construction
Use of poor quality pipes that are improperly installed is the leading cause of slab leaks. If the pipes were bent or dented when they were installed, these areas could start corroding causing the pipes to leak and even burst in some cases. Copper pipes are more likely to suffer from corrosion since they are softer and more vulnerable to elements. 

Excessively high water pressure
High water pressure, whether caused by poor construction or natural disasters such as earthquake can degrade the pipes where there is a curve or at the joints. This can in turn cause massive leaks that can compromise the foundation of your home.

Ground shifting
As years go by, the weight of your house starts to take a toll on the concrete slab and the earth on which your home is built. This will eventually lead to the ground shifting and settling. If the shift is significant, it will put pressure on the water lines causing them to crack and start leaking. Ground shifting can also be caused by natural disaster such as an earthquake.

Poor water quality
If your water quality is poor, then it could be damaging the pipes. It is important that you keep an eye on the pH of the water. If the water is excessively acidic or alkaline it can corrode the pipes which could lead to irreversible damage.

A slab leak can become dangerous if not treated properly. Make sure to keep an eye out for signs of a slab leak before it becomes a larger problem. 

For slab leak detection, contact the team at Orlando Leak Detection today.

 

 

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