Causes of Slab Leaks | Plumbing Arlington
Slab Leaks | Plumbing Arlington
Slab leaks occur in the pipes beneath the concrete floor of your home or business. A slab leak can occur in structures of any age, and can rapidly cause serious damage to the foundation and structure. Some of the signs of a slab leak are obvious, such as water on the floor, others are more insidious, leaving no sign of a leak in your home or businesses plumbing in Arlington until damage has already occurred. Some of the signs of a slab leak are as follows:
- Higher than normal water bills with no explanation
- Wet and damp patches on the floor and carpets
- Hot spots on the floor
- Uneven floors
- Low water pressure or no water supply at all
- Water pooling on the floor
- Damp drywall
- Mold and mildew in damp areas
- A musty odor
- Water leaking from under the slab on the structures exterior, and/or unexplained puddles close to the foundation
- The sound of running water
- Cracks in the foundation or floor and/or settling of the foundation
Potential Causes of Slab Leaks
High Water Pressure
High water pressure will eventually cause pipe deterioration and leaks. Corrosion will weaken your plumbing in Arlington over time until eventually leaks will occur. Copper pipe is long lasting under normal conditions. However, numerous factors may affect its longevity such as poorly wrapped pipes during the initial install. Furthermore, damage may occur during the pouring of the slab. Water chemistry is an additional factor that can weaken copper pipe, causing pinhole leaks in the pipe.
Older homes may have galvanized or cast iron pipe which can rust over time. Rusty pipes are more easily damaged and can break as they grow weaker over time. If your home’s existing plumbing in Arlington is rusting away, replacing worn out pipe will prevent further damage from occurring.
Slight shifts in the foundation can damage a home’s plumbing in Arlington. Shifting of the foundation may occur from settling over time, earthquakes, water and other influences.
Sewer Line Slab Leaks
It is not uncommon for sewer leaks to remain undetected until there are visible signs of foundation damage. In areas with expansive soil, a leaking sewer line can cause uneven floors as the soil expands due to the presence of water. Clay is one example of an expansive soil.
The location of hidden leaks requires specialized leak detection equipment and qualified and experienced plumbers. Once the location of the leak is identified, the plumber will determine the best means of repair. When the plumbing in Arlington is worn and aged, replacement may be the best option. Repairing a section of worn out pipe provides only a temporary solution, as additional leaks are certain to follow.
The repair of a leaking sewer line should only be provided by a licensed plumber who has the specialized draining to deal with waste, and the health risks it poses to you, your family, neighbors and the community.
For those homeowners who have a plumber provide a periodic drain cleaning and plumbing maintenance, a video pipe inspection on the sewer line is very helpful in preventing sewer issues.
The expertise of our Arlington plumbers utilizing the latest advanced technology ensure the most accurate slab leak detection available. Benjamin Franklin plumbers locate and repair slab leaks in an efficient and reliable manner ensuring that additional damage from leaking plumbing in Arlington does not occur. Furthermore, our plumbers are able to repair the majority of slab leaks without damage to your floors. When repair is provided following a video pipe inspection, a free post-video inspection will be provided to inspect the completed repair, ensuring a thorough repair.
Benjamin Franklin Plumbing is nationally recognized for providing quality plumbing services by exceptional plumbers with expertise. This ensures the plumbing repairs, plumbing installation and other plumbing services you receive are provided by professional plumbers who are among the best in the nation.
Benjamin Franklin provides a 100% satisfaction guarantee or we re-do the job for free. Benjamin Franklin Plumbing proves its desire to provide first quality plumbing in Arlington, customer satisfaction and service you can rely upon for repair of slab leaks, and other plumbing services. We serve Fort Worth, Arlington and the surrounding areas, and are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.