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What Is a Slab Leak and Is It Really a Big Deal?

A slab leak is a plumbing leak that may not always be obvious. Water does not burst forth from the ground (normally) and it’s not easy to spot like a faucet leak or one underneath the sink. But that doesn’t make it any less severe. In fact, it’s more serious than most leaks you will encounter.

What Is a Slab Leak?

A slab leak is a leak that takes place in the pipes underneath the concrete slab in a home. This is common only for homes with solid foundations, meaning there is no basement but a solid slab foundation which the water line and hot water line run underneath. That’s what makes it so difficult to tell when there is a leak.

A slab leak often results from pitted corrosion in copper pipes. A pinhole leak, which is as small as it sounds, results in a slow leak underneath your home that can actually do a lot of damage.

There may be obvious signs of a bigger leak, like a stoppage in water pressure. Otherwise, the signs can be really subtle, like a drop in pressure only for hot water, or cracks in the baseboard of a home.

What’s the Big Deal?

You may not be able to see a slab leak, but that doesn’t mean it’s a small matter. Even the smallest of slab leaks can spill out enough water to cause some major damage to the structure of your home. In addition, pressure changes can do some damage to the home. Walls and flooring could crack, and in many cases a homeowner needs major renovations that may not be covered by insurance, not to mention the need for pipe repair or replacement.

That’s why it’s important to find a slab leak as soon as you possibly can. If you suspect a leak, call plumbers who specialize in slab leak detection and services.

Admiral Plumbing Services, LLC offers slab leak services in Boca Raton, FL. Call our friendly team today!

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