If not properly addressed, slab leaks can cause expensive property damage. They can be difficult to locate, because they are the result of pipes leaking underneath your Columbia home’s foundation.
Signs of a Slab Leak
Signs of a slab leak include an unexplainable increase in your water bill, low or no water pressure, visible signs of water damage in the ground-level flooring and water coming from the foundation below the home.
While it is good to know the symptoms of a slab leak, it is better to take steps to prevent leaks from happening in the first place.
Preventing Slab Leaks
There is little that a person can do to prevent slab home leaks that happen as a result of natural disasters such as earthquakes. However, in other circumstances, there are precautions that homeowners can take.
First, make sure that your water pressure is right for your pipes. While having high water pressure in the shower or in the kitchen sink is enjoyable, if the home’s pipes are too narrow to handle the pressure they will eventually corrode and leak.
Next, check your homes pH level. If it is too high or too low it can have a corrosive effect on the inside of your pipes. This will eventually lead to your pipes leaking. There are tests that homeowners can use to gauge the pH level of the water, or they can contact a plumber and have them perform a more comprehensive diagnosis.
Be careful of the chemicals you pour down the drain. It is nice to use a bottle of extra strength liquid plumber gel to clear out a clogged drain. However, over time it could have a damaging effect on your Columbia homes plumbing. Not to mention the negative effect it will have on the ecology. There are many alternative drain cleaners that are just as effective but not as damaging to your pipes.
The Benefits of a Comprehensive Plumbing Inspection
Finally, schedule a comprehensive plumbing inspection every few years. In addition to finding water damage that has gone unnoticed, professional inspections can identify potential sources of slab leaks as well as provide options on how to repair and prevent further damage.
The cost of these inspections is minimal when compared to the astronomical cost of slab leak repairs.
Don’t let a slab leak destroy your Columbia, SC home! Call Plumbing Solutions, LLC at (803) 513-5749 to get it fixed.