The Dangers of Slab Leaks

The Dangers of Slab Leaks

Slabs, or otherwise known as part of the foundation of a home can suffer from leaks due to broken, or dented piping underneath the foundation structure. Slab leaks can cause catastrophic damage to your Columbia home if not repaired.

When the piping of a home is installed within the foundation, it may not always be pipeline that is up to standard code. Sometimes weaker piping materials such as copper may be dented, or clamped slightly as the foundation is being set up. Once the foundation has been set, there is no way of knowing for sure whether or not there is a leak within a pipe until leaks occur.

To resolve this dilemma, it is crucial for the project manager and construction team to understand these aspects when it pertains to the foundation of the home. When piping is installed, it should be able to withstand the pressure and forces of the foundation weight above. When the correct piping is installed and in the correct manner, this will help to ensure the underlying piping is not dented, or broken.

What To Do If You’ve Detected a Slab Leak

For those that have already experienced slab leaks, they may have noticed wet areas on their basement floor, or warm spots within the concrete floor. There are also other signs of slab leaks such as moisture on the walls and around the floors. Once an individual has verified they have slab leaks within the foundation of their home, they should consult with a professional plumbing company to repair the problem.

It is not wise for someone to take their time with a leaking foundation, as the problem will only get worse. As the foundation of the home accumulates more water, moisture will cause mold growth to form and will cause the concrete foundation of the home to deteriorate quicker, as well as, make the structure of the home unstable.

In this event, a professional contractor should be call to make the repair. They will typically need to use jackhammers to remove the concrete foundation. Afterwards, they will need to replace the broken pipes and then re-lay the foundation. While this may be an expensive and timely process, it must be done if slab leaks are found to help ensure that further damage to the foundation of the home does not occur.

Seeing Moisture on your walls? This could be the cause of a slab leak! Contact The Plumbing Solutions specialist today to avoid further damage to your Lexington home. Call us today at (803) 513-5749