Leaky Water Pipes Under your Home’s Foundation
Signs you may have a Slab Leak
A crack in the floor might be an indication of movement in your home’s foundation. This is a major repair in the works. You may also notice any warm spots or puddles of water if the leak has caused a crack in the foundation.
Frisco homes are built on soil that has a high clay content which is prone to expansion and contraction as the water content changes. Homeowners can help this issue with an inexpensive garden hose. Soaking the soil to prevent expansion and excessive pressure on your pipes.
Water can flow through the concrete foundation and find somewhere to pool. Whether that is on the floor, in the walls or even underneath. Slab leaks can cause mold and mildew which can be hazardous to your health. This is an issue that needs to be handled by licensed plumbers.
Causes of Leaks
All homes in and around Frisco have been built on a high clay content soil. If you’re digging to plant trees, shrubs etc, you know how hard the soil can be – this is because of the clay.
Clay is a very porous material. When we receive a lot of rain, the soil tends to soak it up. Much like a sponge, it expands, which puts upwards pressure on the foundation above.
Likewise, when we have a long hot summer, the soil tends to dry out and then shrink. This shrinking lowers the home’s foundation.
This continual expansion and contraction forces the concrete slab to rub up against the hot and cold water lines, so over time, small holes can appear in the pipes. In addition, if the water pipes run too close to the slab, extreme pressure will push the concrete into the pipes and create a hole.
Living in Texas can be hot. Owning a home is full of responsibilities you may not realize. Taking care of your landscape and everything below is important. You can help minimize the soil expansion & contraction by using inexpensive soaker hoses during dry and hot weather.
In 2011 and 2014, Frisco had some of the lowest rainfall amounts on record. An above average number of pipe leaks under the foundation were reported to Staggs Plumbing due to significant drying of the soil. If you notice any of these signs, please call a professional plumber today to get an evaluation.
Costs to Locate and Repair the Leak
Do you have homeowners insurance? Make sure your homeowners insurance policy covers slab leak detection as well as flooring damage caused by water. It is helpful to find the leak and even more helpful to be able to afford to repair such damage.
While insurance companies may seem like a struggle, Staggs Plumbing has over 20 years of experience fixing slab leaks and working with your insurance company. Staggs Plumbing is here to ensure that your leak is repaired properly and hopefully covered through insurance.
A slab leak can only be repaired once the source of the leak has been identified by a professional plumber. This identification of a slab leak can take place different ways. However, a professionally licensed plumber will already have the knowledge and tools to accomplish this.
If the water pressure being delivered by the city of Frisco is too high, it can lead to premature leaks. Staggs Plumbing will check and resolve this issue. Any excessive pressure on pipes could cause them to burst.
If you are selling your home, a slab leak detected by the inspector will knock off thousands of dollars in value. Many homeowner insurance policies will cover the cost to locate a slab leak once your deductible is met. Check with your insurance agent. They normally do not pay for the cost to repair the leak. This is an important detail to discuss when setting up your home owners insurance.