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The Problem with Slab Leaks

A leak anywhere in a plumbing system is a problem. As we’ve discussed many times on this blog, even a small amount of water damage can cost quite a bit to repair. One of the most damaging leak types that can afflict your home is a slab leak. Read on to find out more about slab leaks, how to detect them, and the kind of damage they can inflict if they aren’t caught and repaired soon enough.

What Is a Slab Leak?

Your home’s slab is the concrete foundation that it rests on. Two pipes run underneath the slab: your water and sewer lines. These two pipes are arguably the most important plumbing pipes in your home. A slab leak is when one of these pipes develops a leak under the slab. The water from the leak is eventually forced upwards through the slab and into your home. This often happens without the homeowner noticing until the water damage is quite advanced, at which point it’s too late to avoid paying through the nose for remediation. This is why slab leaks are so dangerous.

How to Detect It

Professional equipment is needed to pinpoint the exact location of a slab leak. However, there are a couple of things you can do to determine if you have one:

  • Turn off all the water appliances in your home, then look at your water meter. If it’s still running, then there is likely a leak somewhere in your system.
  • Listen for running water. Slab leaks will always affect the bottom floor of the home, so wait for a time when your home is quiet and walk around. If you can hear running water where there shouldn’t be any, you may have a slab leak under the floor.

The Sunny Plumber offers slab leak services throughout Tucson, AZ. Call today to schedule an appointment with one of our plumbers. 

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