What is a slab leak? It’s a leak that occurs in the pipes under the concrete slab of the house. It can also occur in piping that runs underneath a driveway. These types of leaks are especially dangerous because they can weaken the foundation of your home.
What causes a slab leak? There are a number of reasons these types of leaks occur.
- Faulty installation: If the pipes are installed improperly or other construction workers damage the pipes, the pipes may be compromised but leaks may not show up for years.
- Ground movement: If the home is built on a graded or filled lot, over time, the slabs may move as well as the piping below the house which can cause them to leak.
- Abrasion: Copper pipes react to temperature change by expanding and contracting. When this occurs if they come into contact with an abrasive object this can eventually cut into the pipe.
- Corrosion: Water and soil can cause the pipes to corrode which can lead to a leak.
The signs of a slab leak may or may not be noticeable. You may hear water running even after it has been turned off. There may be warm or moist spots on the floor. You may notice that your water bill has increased.