A slab leak in a home can cause a great deal of stress. If you notice wet spots, hot areas on your floor or hear water running, you may have a slab leak. It is important for homeowners to detect a leak early to avoid costly repairs and high water bills.
Slab leaks have a number causes, many of which start off as simple everyday home issues. Rust, poorly assembled fittings, pinhole leaks and ground movement from expanding and contracting soil are some examples of slab leak causes. Leaks under slabs can cause cracking in the slab, walls, floors and tiles, which could lead to mold and mildew.
Some homeowner's insurance policies cover "sudden and accidental" damage, which would apply to any of the issues listed above. If a leak is suspected, turn off all water and take note of the water meter. If the numbers are fluctuating, then there is most likely a break in a pipe. It is best to contact a leak specialist, because they will be able to quickly and accurately detect any possible leaks, which could save money on slab leak repairs.