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Slab Leaks: What Are the Causes of Slab Leaks?

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Slab leaks are often misunderstood as part of a home maintenance job, that our repair company deals with on a daily basis, with few people really understanding what is meant by a slab leak or what causes it.

In general, a slab leak refers to a problem with the plumbing that is found within the foundation of a home or commercial property.

This does not mean that the foundation itself is leaking, but that the plumbing housed within the foundation has corroded and is now leaking.

There are a number of reasons why a slab leak occurs, including the positioning of electrical lines too close to the water lines entering a building.

The process of electrolysis takes place and corrodes hot and cold water pipes, with each pipe springing a leak that can remain unnoticed for a large amount of time until it grows larger.

Moving water can also cause the pipes carrying hot and cold water to move a little as the liquids move through them, this can cause rubbing against a concrete slab that cause holes to appear in the pipes and leaks to occur.

How Do I Know if I Have a Slab Leak?

Slab leak symptoms are usually similar to those seen with a wide variety of water leaks, with slab leaks often being heard and spotted in areas of a home that are not usually home to running water.

A simple test is to turn off all the water in a property and listen for running water within the foundation that can be heard throughout the day and night.

Hot water leaks can also be simple to spot and are often marked by a hot spot on the floor where the water is leaking into the foundation. Mildew and mold problems are also a common problem that is associated with a slab leak, looking beneath carpets and rugs is a simple way of spotting when a foundation is leaking.


How Long Does a Repair Take?

The repair of slab leaks is something that can be achieved by our company in a relatively short space of time, often within a day for smaller problems.

An epoxy pipe can often be inserted into the existing pipe when a series of small holes and leaks pass through the foundation system. Larger repairs may require a spot repair, which means the leaking area is opened up, the pipe replaced and the slab repaired.

Are you seeing signs of a slab leak in your Tucson home? No time to waste here, Call Spartan Plumbing at 520-617-1000 to see what is causing that slab leak.