Slab Leaks | Plumbing Fort Worth
Unfortunately, there isn’t a great deal that a homeowner can do to prevent slab leaks. Your best course of action when a slab leak occurs is to have your plumbing in Fort Worth repaired fast.
Slab leaks occur in the pipes beneath your home’s concrete floor. From the time a slab leak forms until leak detection is provided – slab leaks waste water, damage the foundation and potentially your home. An unexpected high water bill is a potential red flag for slab leaks. Some of the signs of a slab leak are as follow:
- Elevated water bills
- Wet and damp patches on floors and carpets
- Hot spot on the floor
- Uneven floors
- Low water pressure or no water at all
- A puddle of water
- Wet shoe molding
- Damp drywall
- The presence of mold and mildew in damp areas
- A musty smell
- Water leaking or running out from under the slab to the exterior, and/or puddles close to the foundation
- 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 corrode the pipe. Continuous corrosion may weaken your home’s plumbing in Fort Worth over time until eventually they leak at weak points or burst. Copper pipe is generally long lasting under normal conditions. However, poorly wrapped pipes during the initial installation, or damage by other workers may weaken pipe, leading to an eventual leak. An example of how damage may occur is during the pouring of the slab. An additional factor that can weaken the copper pipe is the water chemistry, which may react with copper and form pinhole leaks in the pipe.
Galvanized or cast iron pipe in older homes can rust if they contact water, soil, gravel or sand. Rusty pipes are more likely to sustain damage and break as they grow weaker over time. If your home’s existing plumbing in Fort Worth is rusting, a re-plumb will prevent further damage from occurring in your home.
Slight shifts in the foundation can damage to your home’s plumbing in Fort Worth. Shifting may occur from settling of the foundation, earthquakes, water and other influences.
Sewer Line Slab Leaks
Leaks in a sewer line often go undetected until there are visible signs of foundation damage. In areas with expansive soil, a leaking sewer line can cause heaving, potentially enough to lift the building. Expansive soil expands and contracts, dependent upon the amount of water present. The presence of clay is an example of an expansive soil. Another sign indicating a potential sewer line leak is a dome or raised section on the floor.
The location of hidden leaks requires specialized leak detection services. Once the leak is pinpointed, the plumber can determine the best means of repairing it. This may involve a re-plumb of the entire home rather than repairing worn and aged plumbing in Fort Worth. The repair of worn out pipe is only a temporary solution, as other leaks will occur, increasing the risk of further and potentially severe damage to the home.
It is strongly suggested to leave the repair of a leaking sewer line to a licensed plumber due to the health-related issues involving exposure to human waste and the resulting bacteria, viruses and other potential health risks to you, your family, neighbors and the community.
A routine video line inspection on the sewer line and the incoming water line are both very helpful in preventing slab leaks. However, if you your home already has a leak, contact your professional plumbers at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing today.
The expertise of our Fort Worth plumbers ensure the most accurate slab leak detection using the most advanced technology available. Our plumbers can locate and repair your slab leaks in an efficient and reliable manner so that your home does not experience further damage from leaking plumbing in Fort Worth. In addition, our plumbers can repair the majority of slab leaks without damage to your floors. When repair is provided following a video line inspection a free post-video inspection will be provided to inspect the completed repair.
Benjamin Franklin Plumbing is nationally recognized for providing plumbers with expertise. This ensures the plumbing repairs, plumbing installation and other plumbing services you receive are provided by plumbers who are among the best in the nation.
Furthermore, Benjamin Franklin provides a 100% satisfaction guarantee or we re-do the job for free. As the first in the plumbing industry to provide the on time guarantee, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing proves its desire to provide first quality plumbing in Fort Worth, customer satisfaction and service you can depend upon each and every time 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.