Slab leaks are among the most harmful plumbing problems that can afflict your home. The result of pipes under the concrete foundation, or slab, of your home, a slab leak will cause water to bubble up from under the floor of your home. If you’re not careful, you can end up paying thousands of dollars in repair costs due to a single slab leak. Let’s take a look at how you can detect slab leaks in your home, so that you can have them repaired as soon as possible.
As mentioned above, a slab leak is a pipe leak that starts below your concrete slab and forces water up into your home. This means that the first sign most people have of a slab leak is water leaking up from under their floors. If you have a basement, that will likely be the first place you notice this. Otherwise, you should keep an eye out for wet spots that seem to appear out of nowhere. This sign only occurs after the problem is pretty far along, so you should call for repairs as soon as you notice it.
Rising Water Bills
It’s always a good idea to monitor your water bill closely, mainly because it’s a primary indicator of any leaks that might be present in your plumbing system. If your water bills start to rise significantly over time, for no apparent reason, you likely have a leak and should call for repairs as soon as possible.
Somewhat related to this point, you can also detect if you have a leak by turning off all the plumbing appliances in your home and watching your water meter. If the meter is still running, it’s pretty likely that you have a leak.