Precautions to Take to Prevent Slab Leaks
One of the biggest worries Tucson homeowners have regarding their plumbing systems involves damage to the foundation of their home.
If leaks occur within the foundation and go undetected for months or even years, the result can be extensive damage to the foundation that will produce large repair bills in order to have the problem fixed.
In addition to this, the problems will significantly impact the value of the house on the real estate market.
To ensure these problems do not happen, a licensed plumber should be called each year to inspect the home’s foundation and plumbing system to look for signs of foundation damage.
In order to prevent slab leaks in one’s home, a number of precautions can be taken to decrease the likelihood of having this problem occur.
Examine pH Levels
Many people pay virtually no attention to the pH levels of their Tucson home’s water, and that can sometimes prove to be a very costly mistake.
If the water’s pH levels are too high, the result can be rust and corrosion on pipes that may eventually lead them to form holes or cracks, leaking water into the foundation.
To make sure the pH levels are fine, a plumber should be called to check the levels and inspect the pipes for any signs of rust or corrosion.
Proper Construction Procedures
If a home is in the process of being built or renovated, proper construction methods must be used to ensure slab leaks will not result in the years ahead.
If pipes are not properly installed within or below the foundation, they can eventually crack and leak tremendous amounts of water into the foundation virtually undetected.
In some cases, the leak can go on for years until damage becomes evident. But by this time, the repair bills to fix the foundation will often run into several thousands of dollars.
Water Pressure Control
Along with pH levels, many people pay little if any attention to their water pressure. However, if water pressure levels are consistently low or high, the result can be extensive damage to pipes.
Vibrations within the pipes, along with constant contraction and expansion, can eventually lead to areas of the pipes cracking or forming holes.
When this happens, it’s a guarantee there will be water leaking into the foundation. A plumber can test the water pressure levels within a home’s plumbing system, making sure they are within normal levels.
Don’t let a slab leak destroy your Tucson, AZ home! Call Spartan Plumbing at (520) 623-6100 to get it fixed.