When it comes to owning a home, there are all kinds of issues that can arise, especially when it comes to your plumbing. One of the biggest risks that homeowners tend to forget about it the threat of a slab leak. While it may not present in the same dramatic way that other issues might, a slab leak can be just as or even more threatening. Today, we’ll walk you through some of the basics of what characterizes a slab leak so that you can have a better understanding of what to look for and when to call in a professional.
What Is A Slab Leak?
First and foremost, you need to know what a slab leak is. In short, a slab leak is when the concrete floor of your home cracks allowing moisture to seep into your home from below. This can be caused by a range of things including interior factors like a dryer leak, cooking issues, and even your bathroom. Slab leaks can also be caused by external factors like if there is significant ground movement from the expansion and compaction of the soil during rain.
What Will It Do?
The results of a slab leak are varied. To start, it will increase your water bill if it is caused by a leak. Next, your utilities will increase as the humidity occurring from the leak will cause your heating and cooling costs to rise. Finally, you’ll begin to see signs of mold and mildew growth that can not only comprise the structure of your home but the health of everyone inside too.
Resolving The Issue
To learn if you truly have a slab leak or if there is simply another issue, you’ll need to call in a professional. While you may be able to tell some of the signs that there is a leak, it can be difficult to determine if it’s truly the slab. One of the most common signs is that you can hear the sound of running water, but this is not always accurate. Once you have a professional determine the cause, you can begin repairs which may be extensive depending on how long you have waited.
Get in Touch With B&D Today!
Dealing with any plumbing concerns that require a professional to step in? Struggling with an absolute plumbing emergency that can’t wait? Let B&D Plumbing know. B&D Plumbing Inc. services the greater Washington D.C. metropolitan area, including Maryland and Northern Virginia. Get in touch with us by calling (301) 595-1141 or follow us on social media including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest. As a small, family-owned business, we understand how important your home is—and we offer exceptional service that matches!