In the Belgrade and Gallatin Valley areas, most homes are constructed on slab foundations, meaning that the plumbing system runs through slabs. Therefore, water can easily seep inside of your house if you have a slab leak, causing water damage. You can tell when you have a slab leak by watching out for the following signs.
Raised or Swollen Foundation
Major slab leaks can quickly alter your foundation’s soil structure, heaving some parts of the floor. In extreme situations, slab leaks can cause the swollen foundation to lift entire floor sections and cause cracks. You might also notice cracks near the slab leak’s location on the outer and inner walls. The best solution is to hire an expert to assess the issue before things get out of hand.
You Hear Rushing Water
If you hear water running in your home, it might be a slab leak. Try turning off water sources, such as dishwashers and faucets, then listen closely to the sound of rushing water. If the water still runs after turning off water sources, call a plumber to address the issue before it escalates.
Patches of Warmer Floor Areas
If a hot water pipe bursts under a concrete slab, you might notice warmer sections on the floor. After a severe slab leak, the hot water gets into contact with the floor, and the heat ultimately reaches your floor surface. If you have tiled floors, the tiles may feel loose if the slab leak is severe.
Mold or Mildew Smell
Slab leaks trap a lot of moisture under floors. The floor absorbs moisture and encourages mold growth. If you notice mold spores under the carpet, darkening flooring, or patches of warped flooring, you may have a slab leak. If you don’t notice any mold signs, you might detect a musty odor originating under your carpet or floors.
If these signs seem familiar, don’t panic. We have trained experts who can inspect your home for slab leaks and fix the issue. Our professionals also provide plumbing repairs, water heater repairs, and boiler replacements. Call PJ's Plumbing & Heating today to schedule an appointment with our licensed professionals.