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Signs You May Have a Slab Leak in Your Home

by Bessie Beck

Slab leaks refer to leaks that develop beneath concrete slabbing. Although they tend to be common, not many homeowners can detect them since they are located beneath the heavy slabs. As such, by the time you realise you have one, it is due to extensive damage that has already occurred. This is why it is crucial for every homeowner to know how to spot these leaks in their early stages to prevent having to contend with extensive repairs. Below are some of the tips that could come in handy in detecting slab leaks in your home.

Warm spots in the slab flooring

If you have begun to notice there are warm spots on some parts of your slab flooring, then this could be indicative of a leak from a hot water line. This type of warning sign would come about in areas that you have installed hot water lines for underfloor heating. These leaks typically crop up when the hot water line has acquired damage, hence directly exposing the concrete slabs to the hot water supply. It would be prudent to have your local plumber inspect this, as not only would it mean water damage beneath the slab flooring, but also an increase in your utility bills as the hot water is being wasted.

Dampness on the slab flooring

A warning sign to look out for that would indicate a leak under your concrete slabs is if the flooring is constantly wet. Keep in mind that concrete is a porous material. As such, if it is constantly exposed to water, the concrete will eventually begin to absorb the water until it reaches the surface of the flooring. A minor leak may present itself with minimal dampness. However, a major leak could lead to unexplained pools of water on your concrete slabs; this should be fixed soonest possible because if left unchecked, it will begin to have an adverse effect on your foundation, walls and the overall structural integrity of your home.

Backed up showers, toilets and tubs

If you start to experience problems with the different drains in your home such as the shower, toilet and bathtub, chances are you have a water line that is broken. Your water line is crucial, as it is what provides water to your entire home. Since it is extensive, it would become difficult to pinpoint where the exact break in the line is. It would be prudent to hire a local plumber to locate and remedy the leak before further damage can occur.

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