Generally speaking, water pipes form part of the foundation of your home. When your home was being built, chances are water pipes were laid into the concrete foundation. This was to allow water to travel to necessary areas of your home such as your laundry, kitchen, and bathroom. Water pipes are laid like this so they are less intrusive in your home.
The problem is that depending on the materials used, plumbing pipes can deteriorate or weaken over time. Even the smallest of holes in a deteriorated or weakened plumbing pipe can lead to the start of a water leak underneath your home. Water leaking from the foundation of your home is also known as a slab leak.
It can be hard to notice a slab leak at first, soon you may start to notice the constant dampness in your home and even a damp odor. You may hear the sound of trickling water, even if you have double and triple-checked all your household faucets for leaks. The worst part is that you may realize you have an underground leak a little too late.
Irrespective of the type of leak it is, if water becomes stagnant for too long it could pose serious health and safety risks. Stagnant water happens when water is unable to flow freely or drain away. If it happens outside your home, you will end up having the perfect breeding ground for mosquitos. Leaks that cause stagnant water underneath your home’s foundation are hazardous to the structural integrity of your home and can impact your physical health. Keep in mind that stagnant water in a dark place is the perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew.
Many years ago, slab leak detection wasn’t exactly easy. Plumbers needed to cut into the foundation of the home to find the source of the leak. This was often time-consuming and expensive, especially if the home’s structural integrity had already been compromised by standing water.
Today it’s slightly easier than before – special equipment such as thermal imaging or even listening devices can help plumbers find the location of the leak. How leaks are fixed is dependent on the type of leak as well as the age of your home. In newer homes, minor repairs can be done to stop the leak. In older homes, it is possible that the household plumbing pipes need to be replaced. If you’re unsure about a potential leak in your home, reach out to the professional team at Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric. The size of your plumbing problem doesn’t matter to us – We Can Fix It! Call us today at 1-800-475-1504 for expert advice on any household plumbing issues you’re facing.
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