Slab leaks can go undetected for some time because they happen out of sight, beneath your home’s concrete slab. You can’t see them, but if you know the telltale signs, you can alert yourself and get professional help.
Plumbing is designed to last, but the unstable, shifting soils in the Dallas area and throughout North Texas sometimes exert powerful pressure on underground water and sewer lines, causing cracks and loosened connections. The result can be a slow drip or a gusher.
You will know quickly if you have a major leak, but a slow leak may go undetected for years. Slow leaks can worsen over time as soil erodes and water collects in underground pools. Cracks may develop in the slab itself, allowing water to surface through your home’s flooring. In severe cases water may erupt through the slab and put your ground floor under water.
What to Look For
- Higher water bills without increased personal usage
- Sounds of running water when no taps are open
- Foundation develops a crack
- Discolored or damp floor coverings
- Warm or damp places on floors
- Bad smell from floors or walls
- Uneven growth in lawn or foundation plants
- Visible shift in soil around the structure
Water leaks are all too common, accounting for more than claims for fire and theft combined, with insurance payouts averaging thousands of dollars. Across the United States, the average household loses about 10,000 gallons each year because of leaks – enough to do about 300 loads of laundry.
Plumber Required to Locate and Fix Slab Leaks
billyGO’s licensed plumbers have the training and equipment necessary to locate and repair slab leaks hidden underground. We use a variety of acoustic, sonic, pressure, electromagnetic and gas tracer detection tools to pinpoint water leak locations in plastic and metallic plumbing lines. We also visually inspect with miniature cameras we send through pipes on fiber-optic cables.
Slab leaks in North Texas are most likely to show up when the weather is hot and rain infrequent, which describes the biggest part of the year here. Most are caused by small, incremental shifting of soil, not earth-shaking events.
The Best Preventive Measure
The best slab leak preventive measure is to keep the soil moist around the perimeter of your home. If no irrigation system is installed, place a soaker hose a foot or so from the foundation and use it on assigned watering days. Keep the soil damp, not soupy.
Schedule a leak detection APPointment with billyGO if you suspect you have a leak. Our licensed plumbers can detect the problem and fix it before it gets out of control. Click here to get the free billyGO app.