Homeowner’s Guide to Slab Leaks

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Are you experiencing a pesky plumbing problem that you can’t quite figure out? If you answer yes to any of the following four questions, you may have a slab leak:

  1. Is there unusual pooling water outside your house?
  2. Are you noticing mold and mildew on your carpet or walls?
  3. Have you noticed damp spots on your carpet, flooring, or baseboards?
  4. Has your water bill skyrocketed 25% to 50% or more in a single month?

Here’s what you need to know about this common, frustrating plumbing problem.

What’s a Slab Leak?

Slab leaks happen when pipes underneath your house’s concrete foundation begin to leak. Slab leaks generally start out small and are difficult to notice, but they can quickly cause major damage and costly repairs. The leaking water can saturate the soil underneath your home causing your house to slowly sink into the ground or cause flooring to buckle if left unrepaired. Slab leaks are not something you want to take a “wait and see” approach before calling in the experts. Your local experienced technicians at Cool Blew have the tools to rapidly investigate slab leaks, provide you with the best course of action, and quickly repair.

Common Causes of Slab Leaks

Polybutylene Pipes

Polybutylene (PB) is a type of plastic resin that was extensively used from 1978 to 1995 in new home construction in Arizona and other states. This type of piping eventually leaks or bursts, mainly due to improper installation or chlorine degradation from municipal water treatment.

Earth Settling

A common issue with desert soil in the Valley of the Sun is a gradual shifting over time of the earth under your home’s concrete slab. This soil shifting causes substantial pressure on the buried water lines resulting in pipes cracking and leaking.

Poorly Wrapped Pipes

When water pipes are placed underneath your home’s concrete slab, they’re wrapped to protect them from directly touching the foundation. If the pipes are improperly wrapped, they can wear out over time from contact with the slab and leak.

Suspect a Slab Leak?

If you think you may have a slab leak, immediately call the professionals at Cool Blew to prevent any additional damage and expensive repairs. We’ll do a complete inspection to locate the leak and professionally repair the piping, saving your home from significant damage. Call us now at 623-872-2900 to schedule your appointment.