While not every homeowner has had the horror of personally handling a slab leak, most know enough to say “it’s really bad!” Indeed, these leaks cost many Americans hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars in water waste, plus a great deal of money for slab leak repair. Today, we’ll talk about the primary causes of slab leaks and why they can be so dangerous for homeowners.
What Causes a Slab Leak?
A slab leak occurs when a pipe that fits through the foundation slab beneath your home fails (for whatever reason) and begins to leak water or sewage. There are a few primary forces that can cause the pipe to fail, including:
- Long-Term Corrosion
- Internal Pressure (from blockage)
- External Pressure (from shifting ground)
Unfortunately, there’s very little you can do to prevent long-term corrosion, except to choose highly durable piping. When it comes to internal pressure, homeowners have more options. Regular inspections, occasional water treatment (or a water softener installation), and paying close attention to what you flush down the toilet will help you protect your slab pipes.
External pressure is a long term war. A cracked driveway may be the first sign of shifted ground. Before you get started on driveway repair, make sure you check your plumbing for potential leaks.
Can a Slab Leak Cause Foundation Problems?
The short answer is “yes“. When water from your pipes seeps into cracked concrete, the material is slowly worn away and destabilized. This process may last for years before the damage becomes noticeable, but the effects could be catastrophic for your home. If you notice water coming up through cracks in the pavement, against the exterior walls, or even beneath the internal flooring, contact your local plumber as soon as possible.
Schedule Your Slab Leak Repairs Today!
You’ll want a plumber that has experience with slab leak repair. If you suspect your home may have a plumbing leak, let’s get it taken care of as soon as possible! You can call our team at (512) 930-2677 for assistance.