Do You Have a Slab Leak?

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Some people may not realize that water is one of the most destructive forces on the planet. Over time, it can eat through some of the hardest and densest materials on the planet. Just take a look at the Grand Canyon. The slab under your house is no exception. The slab is the reinforced concrete foundation that holds up your home. It’s probably one of the most important parts of your house, if not the most important. If that starts to leak you could have huge problems that can potentially cost you a lot of money. We’ve outlined some of common slab leak symptoms that we see in Denver.

Common Causes of Slab Leaks

Slab leaks occur when the cement in your foundation starts to crack, bubble or bend. Other than a natural disaster like an earthquake or tornado, this is usually caused by water leaks under the slab. The two main causes of that are water line leaks and sewer line leaks.

  • Water Line Leak – If one of the water lines under your home is leaking it can compromise the soil underneath your home and cause your slab to sag or bubble.
  • Sewer Line Leak – These are harder to detect because the leak is undetectable unless the sewer line is in expansive soil. Expansive soil does exactly that: it expands and will show visible signs on your property like domes or swelling.
  • Sudden increase in utility bills – Your utility bills can tell you a lot of information. If you notice that your water bill has suddenly increased, it could mean that you have a leak in your water line. Even a tiny pinhole can leak approximately 10,000 a month. You’ll definitely notice that!
  • Strange water leaks – If you find water or mold in places in your home that aren’t near a water source, this could be a sign that water is leaking up through a crack in your slab. These water spots will normally be consistently wet.
  • Constantly running water – Turn off all of your faucets, washing machine, dishwasher, etc. If you still hear the sound of running water, it could be that you have a leak in your water line.

How To Tell If You Have an Under-Slab Water Leak

Slab Leak Consequences

If you do have a slab leak, the resulting problems could be disastrous. As the ground under your home begins to swell or sag, it can cause your slab to shift. You will start to notice visible cracks in the slab, bend or form a dome shape.

If you suspect that the slab in your home in Denver is leaking, call Bell Plumbing and Heating today. We offer slab leak detection services for the entire Denver area.

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