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How to Tell if You Have a Slab Leak

Monday, September 7th, 2015 at 11:00 am

Slab leaks are simple leaks that occur in pipes either buried beneath your home or actually embedded in the foundation itself. As such, they are extremely difficult to solve, which makes them one of the toughest problems plumbers have to face. They’re also equally difficult to detect, which means that they can cause a lot of damage before a homeowner finally spots them and summons professional help. No one likes dealing with a slab leak, but with a trained professional here in Olympia, WA, you can handle it as expediently as possible. Here’s a few ways to tell if you have a slab leak.

  • Higher water bills. An unexpected spike in your water bill is a sure sign that something is the matter. If you haven’t been using any more water than normal and your bill suddenly jumps – especially if it comes in conjunction with the other signs listed here – you may have a slab leak.
  • Puddles. Puddles or wet spots can sometimes appear through the concrete above a slab leak, as well as spots around your property where the water might leak out. It can be as small as a few drops or even just a moist spot on the ground.
  • Hot or cold spots. Similarly, if you detect a warm spot in a weird spot on the ground with no attendant cause, it could be hot water leaking form your pipes. The same holds true with cold water, though these are often harder to detect than warm ones.
  • Dripping or running water noises. Sometimes, sound can convey the fact that your pipe is leaking. If you hear strange sounds of running water or dripping noises where none should be, you might be looking at a slab leak.

The moment you detect these signs, shut the water off and call in the experts at Brooks Plumbing to give it a look!

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