A slab leak is a serious problem in your house, mainly because it can be very hard to detect or access.
The problem becomes apparent when a pipe that is built into the base of your house, beneath a concrete courtyard or another inaccessible location, springs what would usually be an ordinary leak. These days, plumbers can use advanced technology to identify the leak and repair the pipe, but the main issues arise when detecting it.
The further along a slab leak goes, the increase in damage it causes, and while Sydney has its share of professional plumbers, they won’t be much help if you don’t know how to catch the signs of trouble when they come about.
Hence, here are three ways to detect a slab leak that can save you a lot of cash.
- Spikes in Your Water Bill
The quickest and easiest way to detect a slab leak is to literally follow the money. If your water bill suddenly spikes in cost, particularly if you haven’t been using the water more than you usually would, then it could indicate a leak. Additionally, if the leak cannot be easily spotted, it is likely that there is a problem in a pipe that is tucked away, such as a slab leak.
Running water does make a noise, and in fact, this forms one of the many ways professional plumbers can detect a slab leak: high-tech sound detectors. The everyday person most likely don’t have access to this sort of equipment, so keep your ear peeled for sounds of trickles, drips or running water on your property when there is no apparent source.
- Puddles and Spots
If you’re fortunate, the slab leak will form a puddle or even a moist spot where none should occur, waving a big red flag right at the source of the trouble. Nevertheless, even if there is no obvious moisture, you can still detect a slab leak if you notice cold or warm spots on your concrete, where the leaking water below it has altered the temperature.
If you experience any of the warning signs as mentioned above, and believe it could potentially have a slab leak problem, then call us right away!