Jerry’s Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning has provided homeowners throughout Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties with top-rated plumbing repair for over two decades. We’re locally owned and operated, which means you get personalized service from people you know and trust.
- When you hire us, you can expect:
- Prompt, clean, professional technicians
- Reasonable rates
- Same-day service
- On-time arrival
- Satisfaction guarantee
Contact us today to find out how much better it is working with a local contractor you can trust.
Santa Maria Slab Leak Repair
Not many homeowners know what slab leaks are, how they occur, and why they’re so dangerous. However, slab leaks are worse than most other leaks because they often go undetected for months or years until they’re discovered, causing significant damage.
Let’s look at slab leaks to find out why they’re so dangerous.
What is a Slab Leak?
Slab leaks are leaks in the copper tubing that runs under your home’s concrete foundation. The problem with slab leaks is that they’re difficult to detect and when they go on too long, they cause significant amounts of damage.
Call the plumbing experts at Jerry’s Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning for an accurate sewer video inspection.
What Causes Slab Leaks?
Many things can lead to a slab leak, but here are the most common:
- Poor foundation construction
- Earth movement
- Pipe corrosion
- Pipe friction
- Wear and tear from old age
Slab leaks are common in places where most homes are built on concrete foundations, so you must familiarize yourself with the signs of a leak so you can call a plumber for help before it causes irreparable damage.
Dangers of Slab Leaks
You might not think that a slow water leak could cause problems, but slab leaks cause more problems than rising water bills.
One potential danger when you have a slab leak is health issues because excess moisture creates a breeding ground for mold and mildew, exacerbating allergies and respiratory problems. Once mold takes hold, it isn’t easy to get rid of because it can grow behind walls and in hard-to-reach places.
Your home’s foundation is made from concrete, which absorbs water like a sponge. So, when you have an undetected slab foundation leak, the constant exposure to moisture causes the concrete to crack. Over time, the cracks worsen, eventually weakening the foundation and causing structural issues.
Lastly, your insurance policy may not cover slab leaks, which means you’re on the hook for repairing not just the leak but the damage it caused. You could spend $5,000 or more on foundation and water damage repairs, depending on how bad it is.
Slab Leak Warning Signs
Now that you know how dangerous slab leaks are let’s look at the signs so you can be aware and call a plumber for help.
- You hear water running under the flooring when you’re not using any fixtures or appliances.
- The carpets are damp
- Your wood floors are buckling
- Your home starts smelling musty or moldy, or you notice mold growth.
- You feel warm spots on your floors.
- You notice a decrease in water pressure.
- There is water pooling in the yard or around the foundation.
- Your water bills are rising despite not changing your usage.
If you notice any of these signs, call one of our expert technicians for an inspection as soon as possible.