How to Identify and Fix a Slab Leak

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While many homes are built on top of a basement, others are situated on top of a concrete slab. Most Sacramento homes are built upon concrete slabs with the plumbing, including the main lines, the sewer pipes, and drainage pipes, located underneath the slab.

Over the years, the soil underneath the slab and around it began to settle, causing the slab to also settle. This can put a lot of pressure and stress on your plumbing pipes that are located under the slab. Damage to the pipes can be made even more severe if corrosion has occurred, as well as if the construction was faulty from the beginning and has poor water quality.

All of this can lead to leaks from the pipes or the slab itself. These leaks will not only allow water to seep into the soil around the concrete slab but sewage as well. This causes even more shifting to occur, which equals more damage.

Signs of a Leaky Slab

This type of damage to a leaking concrete slab occurs over time, so that means most homeowners will not notice any major issues all at once, but smaller problems leading to a bigger issue instead.

For instance, homeowners may see an increase on their water bill or humidity that is leaving condensation on things that are in their homes, including the floors, appliances, and a variety of other things.

Homeowners might also notice that the floor of their basement, if they have one, or the walls of a basement or even across space are not cool when they touch them but are warm instead.

A homeowner might notice puddles on the floor of their basement or a sub pump that is working even without any flooding occurring. The water pressure of a home may decrease, but yet there are no clogs or leaks in your pipes within your home.

You may hear running water but not be able to locate the source or even see grass or other vegetation growing in your crawlspace or basement that should not be there.

Also, keep in mind that the floors and foundation of your home can crack if the soil beneath the slab becomes uneven due to the moisture and water seeping into the soil beneath it.

Repairing the Concrete Slab

If the concrete slab beneath your home is leaking, there are ways that you can fix it yourself, but it is much better to call in a professional for something as serious as repairing the very foundation that your house is built upon.

Sacramento homeowners can simply pick up their phone and call the experienced and knowledgeable plumbing technicians at Ace Plumbing.

The technicians will come to your home to diagnose the actual issue, from poor drainage and irrigation techniques to sewer backup issues, to ensure that the correct repairs are conducted.

They will even provide you with a free quote before any work begins.

The technicians will first do a visual inspection of your home and basement or crawl space area and a video pipe inspection with a camera inside your pipes if needed.

Your free quote will be completely transparent with each service as part of an itemized list so that you know what to expect with no surprises in the future.

Work will begin as soon as you give the green light and will be completed in a timely and efficient manner at an affordable cost.Call today to schedule your free quote from Contact Ace Plumbing so that you can enjoy the peace of mind that the foundation of your home is in tip-top shape.