What Causes Slab Leaks?
Slab leaks are generally caused by one of four reasons. Water lines can be compromised by corrosion, abrasion, pressure, or defects. Corrosion can occur from both the inside of the water pipe or the outside. When corrosion occurs from the outside it normally happens when minerals in the soil react with metallic waterlines. Cold water lines usually corrode from the inside out. You can also experience corrosion if you have electrical lines that have been installed to close to your waterlines. When this occurs metal pipes are energized by the electrical lines and electrolysis occurs which results in metal piping becoming corroded.
Abrasion will occur naturally every time the water is turned on and off. Small vibrations are normal yet over time and if pipes were improperly insulated vibrations can cause abrasion to the pipes especially near the joints. Pressure is normally only an issue if there’s some sort of environmental reason such as living in an area prone to earthquakes. Defects are usually construction defects these occur when water pipes are installed to close together or with improper insulation.
How Do I Know If I Have a Slab Leak?
There are several ways that you can tell that you have a slab leak. Normally it is much easier if the leak is coming from a hot water line. You might actually be able to feel a hotspot on your floor where the hot water is leaking. You might also notice an increase in your gas bill if you have a gas hot water heater. A leak in your hot water line will cause your hot water heater to run almost constantly. Another indication of a hot water leak is an increase in the humidity level of your home. Symptoms of a higher than normal humidity level in the home is: floors that feels almost moist to the touch, and unusual increase in condensation forming on your windows, and an unusual condensation forming on drywall.
If your water leak is in your cold water line you may notice mildew either forming on locations in the home or the smell of mildew in the home. You might also receive a notice from the water department that your water has been running continuously, this will usually occur only when there is a fairly significant leak. Otherwise you might notice an increase in your water bill.
How Long Does a Repair Take?
Normally repairs only take a couple of days. Generally on the first day a plumbing technician will assess the damage and prep for repairs. Then on the second day repairs will take place and the slab and floors will be reinstated.
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