What Every Homeowner Should Know about Slab Leaks

The city of Aurora works hard to ensure that residents understand everything they do to ensure a safe and healthy water system. You can rest assured that the quality of your water is sanitary and that your community supports water conservation efforts. When it comes to your plumbing, however, the responsibility falls on your shoulders. One of the most devastating plumbing emergencies you can run into—if not addressed right away—is a slab leak.

A slab leak is the industry term for a leak in one of the water lines that runs below the concrete flooring of your home. Unfortunately, because they are hidden from view, they are often very difficult for the average homeowner to detect. The right professional Aurora, CO slab leak services will be able to ensure whether or not that is a plumbing problem you’re suffering from. In the meantime though, it’s important to know on your own what to look, listen, or feel for.

Why Is Plumbing Installed Underground?

For years, installing plumbing lines within the foundation of the building in which they’re placed has been one of the most efficient and least expensive way to network water through the home—and it still is. You can except that the average 1,700 square-foot home would have about 280 linear feet of plumbing pipe running underground. That’s a lot of unseen plumbing to keep track of!

Slab Leaks Do Leave Clues

Fortunately, there are things to watch out for that indicates you may be dealing with a slab leak. For example, if you notice a warm spot on your kitchen floor—unless your dog has been sleeping there for the last hour, chances are that something is going on underground.

Cracks and wet spots are also indicators, in addition to the sound of constantly running water. Increased water bills with no other explanation are a very common sign of a leak, so be sure to pay attention to your monthly water costs.

Can Slab Leaks Be Prevented?

Yes! Your plumbing system is actually one of the most durable parts of your home, however this can vary with the quality if installation and the materials used. For example, pipes used over 5 decades ago were not the most ideal material and can lead to pinhole leaks that can quickly grow when left undetected. Even if your home is between 15-20 years old, it’s a good idea to have the condition of your pipes checked to see if you may need repiping.

As we mentioned above, our team can professional detect whether or not you are experiencing a slab leak. Modern technology and tools allows us to do this, and fix the leak, with minimal disruption to your living space. But accurately fixing a slab leak certainly does require finding out what caused the leak to begin with and resolving that particular issue. This is why professional services are so important.

When you find yourself in need of plumbing repairs in the Denver area, look no further than APC Plumbing & Heating.

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