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What Is a Slab Leak? And What’s the Big Deal?

broken-pipeAn unfortunate truth is that no plumbing system is perfect. Scheduling your plumbing services with trained professionals will help to keep your system as reliable as possible. Even so, however, you are likely going to run into trouble with your system at some point. In some instances, such trouble may be relatively minor—something like a leaky faucet or a slow-moving drain. In others, the issue may be much more serious and could lead to very real property damage. This is the case with a slab leak in Brooksville, FL.

What is it that makes a slab leak such a formidable force in the world of plumbing problems? After all, there are leaks of all kind, right? What sets the slab leak apart? That is the topic that we’ll be exploring in today’s post—as well as some tips for helping you to spot the signs of a slab leak so that you can take prompt action if and when you encounter one in your home. Contact us with any concerns that you may have. 

Location, Location, Location!

A leak anywhere in your home is a problem that you’ll really want to have resolved as soon as possible. That being said, there are certainly some leaks that are more problematic than others. This is definitely the case with the slab leak. Why? Because of its location.

A slab leak is a leak in a water line that is buried beneath the concrete slab upon which your home is constructed upon. That leads to a few different issues when such a leak develops. First of all, it can be very difficult to recognize that there is a problem to begin with! We’ve got a few tips to help you do so, though.

Keep an eye on your water bill. If you are not using any more water than is normal in your home, but you are seeing your water costs creep up and up, then it could be due to a leak hidden in your home. You should also take note of the sound of running water when there is none in use. Warping floorboards, and even hot spots beneath your feet could also be the result of a slab leak.

Hire a Professional Plumber Immediately

The first challenge with a slab leak may be recognizing the problem, but that’s definitely not the last. As you can imagine, a slab leak is also tough to pinpoint and access, even after it is discovered. You don’t want to be tearing up your concrete slab any more than is necessary, so you really don’t want to go into the job blind.

When you hire a trained professional to repair your slab leak, he or she will have the tools necessary to figure out where that leak actually is. That will minimize any disruption to your property. Then, your plumber can expose the damaged piece of pipe and have it repaired in a much quicker fashion than would be possible with guesswork.

If you suspect a leak in your plumbing system, give Bayonet Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning a call.


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