How Our Team Will Protect Your Foundation and Prevent Extensive Damage
Slab foundations, also called “slab on grade” foundations, rose in popularity in the 1950s. When architects began to incorporate them in their designs, homeowners experienced many benefits. Homes that are built on slabs have less risk of flooding or leaking gases. This creates a healthier environment than homes built over crawl spaces and basements. Homes without slabs are vulnerable to flooding, gas leaks, and mold. However, one problem that slabs can bring about is leakage. Slab leaks are fairly common, especially in places like Texas that are prone to earthquakes shaking up the foundation.
Although slab leaks are fairly common, they can be a major problem because they cause damage to a home’s foundation. These kinds of leaks weaken the structural integrity of the concrete and the steel supports that make up the foundation. If left unaddressed, water pressure and leakage can make the foundation shift, move, crack, or collapse. Needless to say, this can lead to massive property damage and costly repairs. The best way to avoid this heightened cost is to seek out slab leak repair services as soon as you suspect an issue. Pay attention to these warning signs that might mean your home has a slab leak:
- Increased water bill: As you learn about the plumbing system and overall structure of your home, you might realize that increasing and unexplained water bills are typically a sign of an issue. A slab leak causes your water to run constantly, which means your water bill will naturally increase. Higher bills can point to a wide range of problems, not just a slab leak, so if you notice this issue, we recommend getting in touch with a professional sooner rather than later.
- Reduced water pressure: Nobody likes a shower with low water pressure. Low water pressure might mean less effective showers, but it can also be a sign of a much bigger problem. If you have noticed a sudden drop in water pressure, it could mean that water is escaping out of the pipe where it should not, which could be caused by a slab leak.
- Hot spots on the floor: Installing hot floors has become a popular home renovation, but if the temperature of your home suddenly increases without explanation, the cause might not be so relaxing. In fact, 80% of slab leaks occur in the hot water line. This means that as the hot water leaks onto the ground, it will start to heat the concrete above it. This leads to hotter floors, so if you have noticed this issue, we recommend getting your slab inspected as soon as possible.
- Unpleasant odor: As water leaks up into your floors, the smell can be less than pleasant. Moisture from the water can allow mold and mildew to grow under floorboards or in your carpeting. Some of this moisture can also be absorbed into the walls, which can lead to mold and other types of damage that create foul smells. If you notice this problem, it can be a sign of a slab leak, but it can also point to a wide range of other plumbing issues, so it is important to get to the bottom of the issue before it progresses.
- Hearing running water or noticing pooling water: It can be spooky to hear running water without a person behind the fixture, but this issue might not be superstitious. Instead of a ghost, it might be a different scary problem: a slab leak. If you notice running water or pooling water accumulating on the floors, it might be a sign that you have a slab leak on your hands.
If left unaddressed, slab leaks can lad to extensive damage to your home’s foundation, carpets, wood flooring, and fixtures. These leaks can even flood the area under your home. Luckily, the team at Jennings Plumbing Services is here to help. We have extensive experience with slab leak repairs in Carrollton. This means we have access to state-of-the-art repair equipment and we will utilize our team’s knowledge to put your leak issue to rest. Plus, we are always committed to your satisfaction, which means we will make sure you understand every step of the process and will do so with a smile on our face.
If you think you might have a leaky slab or want to have other plumbing components examined, call Jennings Plumbing Services at (972) 458-5584 or contact us online.
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