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How To Prevent A Slab Leak

While water is essential to human life, it is can also be one of the most destructive forces around your home. A robust flood can literally wipe your home away in seconds. But even something as simple as a small water leak can also begin to destroy your home. The Grand Canyon is a testament to the power and tenacity of water.

Water Leaks And Your Home

Water leaks can and will damage almost every aspect of your home if leaf unrepaired. The water will be absorbed by the drywall and wood in your home to promote harmful mold growth, and eventually to degrade these parts of your home. Also, the force of water can wash away the soil that is supporting the very foundation of your home. When this happens, the weight of your house will begin to crumble the foundation. At that point, your home is no longer a safe place for you and your family.

What Are Slab Leaks

A slab leak is a leak that is located in a pipe that runs under the concrete foundation of your slab home. What makes these leaks so treacherous is that you cannot see or hear them when they begin. Your only hope to identify these leaks could be a large water bill, lower water pressure, or moisture coming up through your foundation.  

The Dangers Of Slab Leaks

Of course, any leak that can undermine your foundation is hazardous. This leak can rob your home of its structural integrity very quickly as it washes away the compacted soil under the foundation. But a slab leak can also create an environment that will promote the growth of toxic black mold and other types of fungus. When this happens, you might find that the members of your family are continuing to complain of headaches, watery eyes, a sore throat, or other unexplainable breathing issues. These cause of all of these illnesses is the exposure to toxic black mold. Your house could actually be making you and your family ill. This is why it is so important to schedule a slab leak repair at the first sign a leak is present.

Preventing Slab Leaks

The process of preventing slab leaks begins before your house is even built. When you are selecting a plumbing to work on your home, be sure to choose only a licensed, bonded, and insured plumber who has experience building slab homes. The skill and knowledge of your plumber is the first step in eliminating slab leaks.

Next, never allow anyone but a licensed plumber work on your plumbing. Someone who does not understand plumbing and the potential for slab leaks could inadvertently create a hazardous situation for you and your family. A licensed plumber is trained in the proper method of installing pipes in a slab home and will provide you with an industry-standard level of work.

Also, regular inspections of your home, the plumbing fixtures in your home, and the foundation are critical to preventing slab leaks. A skilled plumber will be able to detect even a tiny slab leak from pressure tests or by using sound amplification equipment. This quick detection of any leak will eliminate the potential for long-term leaks that promote mold growth, undermine your foundation, and can weaken the walls, floors, and roof of your home.

What To Be On The Lookout For

If you notice any unusual moisture in your home on the floor or walls, call (214) 388-4525 immediately to schedule a leak detection appointment. Other signs of a hidden leak could be discoloration, a musty smell in your home, or new cracks in the walls or floor. All of these are indications that there could be a leak.

Regular visual inspections of your home and fast action if you notice any signs of a leak are the best ways that you can prevent severe damage to your house from a slab leak. At Metroplex Leak & Line, we provide 24/7 emergency leak detection appointments to eliminate your stress and provide you with the information that you need. When a leak is located, we tell you where it is and provide you with as many repair options as possible. Call us as soon as you suspect a slab leak, and we will give you an answer quickly.

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