Plumbing Leaks | Fort Worth, TX
Slab Leak | Plumbing Fort Worth
A slab leak is the industry term for a leak in a water line beneath the concrete floor of your home or business. A slab leak requires prompt attention for repairing the leaking plumbing in Fort Worth in order to reduce the damage to your home and its foundation.
The Causes of a Slab Leak
There are a variety of conditions that can cause a slab leak. Many experts feel the most common in copper pipes is due to water chemistry. A reaction can occur between potable water and copper pipes causing internal corrosion with pitting. Two key conditions have been identified in studies of corrosion in copper pipes. The first is the reduction in natural organic minerals as mandated under EPA clean water guidelines, and the second is the use of chloramine gas as a disinfectant in municipal water systems.
Other potential causes of slab leaks include the following:
High Water Pressure
High water pressure can eventually cause damage to the pipe, leading to leaks or bursting. A poor initial installation or damage by other tradesmen during the homes initial construction can weaken the pipe, leading to an eventual leak.
Galvanized pipe in older homes will eventually rust. Rusty pipes are more likely to sustain damage and rupture as they weaken over time. If your home’s existing plumbing in Fort Worth is rusting, replacing the pipe with modern pipe material will prevent further damage from occurring in your home.
Settling and slight shifts in the foundation can damage the home’s plumbing in Fort Worth. Shifting may occur from settling of the foundation, earthquakes, water and other influences.
Advanced leak detection technology will pinpoint the leak location. A watchful homeowner can potentially reduce the amount of water damage that occurs by recognizing the signs of a possible slab leak in your home’s under the slab plumbing in Fort Worth:
- You hear the sound of water running when none is being used.
- The slab itself or floor tile is cracked.
- The flooring is discolored, such as hardwood which may darken or develop a white coating. Linoleum or tile may appear stained.
- The carpet is wet.
- The soil around your home has shifted and/or is damp when remaining grounds are dry.
- There are warm spots on the floor, indicating a hot water leak.
- The water bill increases for no known reason.
- There is water around the edges of the walls or at the locations where pipes enter the home.
- Water is running out from beneath the home.
- Sheetrock or molding is wet at the bottom.
- The floor is uneven.
- The growth of mold or mildew.
Hidden leaks require specialized leak detection services to pinpoint the location. Once located the plumber can determine the best means of repair, or if replacement is required. Replacing worn out and corroded plumbing in Fort Worth may be the preferred solution. There is no doubt replacement is the optimal solution to eliminate the risk of further damage to the home and its foundation. The repair of worn out leaking pipe is only a temporary solution, as other leaks will occur, increasing the risk of potentially severe damage to the home.
Benjamin Franklin’s Fort Worth plumbers ensure the most accurate slab leak detection using the most advanced technology available. Our plumbers display professional expertise in the efficient location and repair of your homes plumbing in Fort Worth. In addition, our plumbers can repair the majority of slab leaks without damage to the floors.
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