Plumbing leaks are not only pesky; these can also be destructive. When water leaks under the foundation of your home or inside it, this can cost you hundreds of dollars in cost of repair or replacement of your flooring, carpet, some furniture, and maybe even medication if the leak goes undetected for a while and causes growth of mold or mildew throughout your home.
Plumbing leakage that occurs under the concrete foundation of your house is referred to by professional plumbers and insurance companies as slab leak (a leak above the floor, on the other hand, is known as pinhole leak).
It is often quite difficult to realize that there is a leak either in your pool or plumbing system. While a leak in your pool may become apparent if you are adding more water every week, that is more water than what you usually lose through evaporation, a plumbing leak can be manifested by a sudden spike in your water bill; if the leak is in a hot water pipe, though, then you will also feel the sting of a sticker shock in your electric bill.
As mentioned in the ALD website, besides high water bills, symptoms of a slab leak also include:
- The sound of running water when all water is turned off;
- A hot spot on the floor which could indicate a hot water line leak;
- Cracks in walls or floors due to a slab leak; and,
- Mildew or excessive moisture under carpets.
While it can be tempting to go and fix a leak by yourself, allowing professional plumbers do the work is a much wiser decision. If the problem is a slab leak, then this will require a careful process and technical expertise.
Besides being trained for the job, professional plumbers also have the necessary devices, such as an electronic amplification equipment and an electromagnetic pipeline locator that will enable them to find the actual source of the leak and make the necessary repair with the least disruption to your property. Aside from saving you time and money, you also need not worry about where to get the needed cash to pay your hired expert plumbers. Well, the good news, except for the cost of the plumbing repair, insurance providers usually cover the cost of the leak detection service, line access and isolation, and dry out and restoration of your property to the condition before the leak occurred.