Slab is another name for the concrete foundation that forms the ground-level base of your home. A slab leak occurs when water leaks out of the pipes beneath your home’s foundation and seeps into the surrounding area, forming pools of water underneath your floor. A plumbing professional can help identify when slab leaks are present as they can often remain hidden from plain view.
Understanding Issues With Your Slab
Although concrete appears to be completely solid, it is actually porous, making it vulnerable to leaks. Over time, slab leaks cause structural damage to concrete and weaken the ground surrounding it. If leaks remain for months or years, the foundation of your home can shift or sink further down, which poses a safety risk to you and anyone you live with. Some common signs of slab leaks include cracked floors or walls, damp spots on the floor, lowered water pressure, higher water bills, and pools of standing water along outdoor walls.
Never Ignore a Leak
Prolonging a leak can lead to the partial or total collapse of your home’s foundation. While it may be necessary to take temporary steps like filling in cracks or repairing water damage, these steps are not a permanent solution to slab leaks. A professional can diagnose and repair these leaks before they become a problem, saving you money and peace of mind in the long run. At Gideon Plumbing, we use leak detection equipment to locate the source of underground leaks and trace their damage. We then utilize various techniques to remove these leaks, restore damaged foundations, and repair home interiors. Our experts in the Duncan area also provide re-piping services and installation of underground utilities. Call Gideon Plumbing or visit our website today for more information about our services.