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Don’t Underestimate the Damage a Slab Leak Can Do!

interior of a home showing flooring throughoutWouldn’t it be nice if you never had a problem with your plumbing system? Unfortunately, it’s pretty rare that homeowners never have a plumbing problem—no system is perfect, after all. Scheduling maintenance and other plumbing services with trained professionals will definitely help keep your system as reliable as possible, but your plumbing is put through a lot of work, and you may eventually encounter an issue.

Hopefully, your plumbing woes will be nothing more than a minor leaky faucet or slow-moving drain. In some case though, the issue can be more serious and lead to significant property damage. A prime example of this is a Glenview, IL slab leak.

Is a Slab Leak Really That Bad?

Well, yes. You might be thinking all leaks are the same—what sets a slab leak apart? We’ll be covering that below, along with some tips on how to spot the signs of a slab leak so you can take immediate action if and when you encounter this problem in your home. Be sure to contact our team with any concerns you might have.

The Worst Part of a Slab Leak is the Location

Any time you have a leak in your home, you want to have it resolved as soon as it’s convenient for you. But there are certainly some leaks that are more problematic than others and require immediate attention. Like with a slab leak—but why? Because of its location!

Slab leaks are the name given to a leak that has occurred in a water line buried beneath the concrete foundation—slab—of your home. This leads to a few different problems when the leak develops. First off, it can be hard to recognize the signs that you have a leak. We have some tips on how to detect a slab leak, though!

  • Keep an eye on your water bill. If you notice a spike but aren’t using any more water than normal, and have no visible leaks, then you may have a slab leak.
  • Listen for running water when no plumbing appliances are running.
  • Watch for warping floorboards and feel for warm spots on your flooring.

Time to Call in a Pro

The first challenge with a slab leak can certainly be even recognizing that you have a problem, but that’s not the first obstacle. As you might imagine, slab leaks are hard to pinpoint, and to access, even after they’re discovered. You of course don’t want to tear up your concrete slab any more than necessary, so you don’t want to go into this job blind.

Hiring a trained professional is the way to go—we have the tools necessary to find where your slab leak actually has occurred so that we can minimize the amount of disruption to your property. Then, we can expose the damages piece of pipe and repair it much faster and more effectively than if you tried to do it on your own.

Ask us about rerouting your plumbing, or repiping, too. Many times slab leaks occur because the piping is old and has corroded. By replacing the pipes or rerouting your plumbing through and outside walls instead of under your home’s foundation, you can rest assured that any future leaks won’t cause a major disruption to your home—or major property damage.

For expert plumbing service, installations, or maintenance contact Reliance Plumbing Sewer & Drainage, Inc. Our knowledgeable plumbers serve the North Shore and Northwest Chicago suburbs. Rely on Reliance!

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