Leaking pipes inside or underneath the concrete of a house’s floor or foundations are called ‘slab leaks’. Common signs of this type of leak are
- Moist, wet, or damp spots/stains on flooring or carpeting
- Water coming through the foundation
- Sudden settling of the foundation
- Low Water Pressure
- A noticeable increase in your water bill
- A noticeable hot or cold spot on the floor
Slab leaks occur in a house’s incoming water line (or sometimes in the outgoing sanitary sewer line). Leaks in both lines can cause large amounts of damage to the foundation.
Common causes of slab leaks in incoming water lines are:
- Water chemistry – The pH of water can have dramatic effects on the pipe(s) the potable water flows through.
- Shifting of the foundation – Because of poor design or installation, or a change in the moisture of the ground, shifting can pull pipes apart.
- Water pressure – Water pressure that is too high, possibly because the diameter of the pipes installed may be too small, will corrode copper pipe. Leaks will also form at points where pipes bend or change direction.
- Poor craftsmanship or workmanship – Inferior plumbing materials or improper installation can contribute to slab leaks. A “kinked line” (a piece of pipe with an imperfection) or a “nicked line” (nicked by a non-plumber workman) can become a slab leak.
The Zippy Zebra recommendation is always going to be a re-route over head. This will ensure the line that is leaking will not leak again due to the above listed problems. If you suspect you have a slab leak call Zippy Zebra today and one of our qualified slab leak experts will come to your house to solve your slab leak problem today. Zippy Zebra also works with all insurance companies and are very familiar with the procedures required to get your claim taken care.