Bud Matthews Services Blog : Posts Tagged ‘slab leaks’

Is My House in Danger of Slab Leaks?

Monday, August 6th, 2018

question-mark-badgeYou probably aren’t aware of this, but a large part of the plumbing for your house is located down in the concrete foundation slab. It’s an easy way to pipe water into the house, and it keeps the pipes out of the way. But it doesn’t necessarily keep them out of the way of harm. If your home has hot and cold water pipes down in its foundation, the house is at risk of slab leaks at some point. And slab leaks are costly, wasteful, and can even create health troubles due to mold growth.

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Why Slab Leaks Need a Skilled Plumber to Repair

Monday, November 13th, 2017
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Here’s a visual warning sign you may have a slab leak: cracked concrete foundation.

There are many different types of leaks that can affect a home’s plumbing system. One of the most difficult to deal with is the slab leak, which is defined as any leak in the hot or cold water lines running through the concrete foundation of a house. Slab leaks can happen for a variety of reasons: a shift in the land putting pressure on the pipes, chemicals inside the water creating corrosion, and abrasion of the pipe against the concrete around it.

Whatever the reason for a slab leak, it needs immediate attention as soon as the symptoms show up. Watch for cracks in the basement, a rise in water bills, erratic behavior from the water heater (80% of slab leaks occur in the hot water lines), and the development of mold and mildew in the basement.

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Leak Detection Services as a Precaution

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

leaking-plastic-pipePreviously, we’ve posted about hidden leaks and the ways you can tell that they’re occurring in your home—specifically the troublesome slab leak. Once you believe you have leaks in your household plumbing, you can call on plumbers to use leak detection techniques to pinpoint where the leaks are happening and then find the quickest and cleanest way to repair them.

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Why Do Slab Leaks Happen in the First Place?

Monday, February 6th, 2017

big-question-markPlumbing leaks of any kind present big problems for a house. Perhaps the number one problem is that they are difficult to find in the first place. It often requires a number of concerning signs before a homeowner even recognizes that leaks are happening somewhere, and even then it will take the work of licensed professional plumbers to actually detect the leak location and repair it.

All of this is doubly true for the slab leak. This is a leak that occurs down in the concrete foundation of a home. There are a few signs you can watch for that will indicate a slab leak is happening in your house: odd behavior from the water heater, the sound of running water in the basement, noticeable cracks along the basement floor, and skyrocketing water bills. You can always test to see if a leak is happening by writing down the readings on the water meter, and then stopping all water use for an hour. If the reading changes in that time… there’s a leak.

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Do You Need to Have a Slab Leak Fixed? Here’s How to Find Out

Monday, January 18th, 2016

Slab leaks are one of the most difficult of all plumbing problems to find. These leaks in the hot and cold water lines in your home occur down in the concrete foundation, making it tricky to notice that they are happening. They’re also hard to repair, and it takes expert plumbers with the best equipment to narrow down the location of the leak and the access the area to remedy it.

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Signs That You May Have a Slab Leak

Monday, November 30th, 2015

A slab leak is a plumbing term that refers to leaking pipes in the foundation of a home. Technically, a slab leak could be any leak that occurs under a hard rock surface such as granite, but the most common are leaks in the hot and cold water lines beneath a house. About 80% happen in the hot water lines and 20% in the cold water lines.

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