You have a Slab Leak, Now what?
Home ownership is one of the many joys we get to experience in life. It is the physical representation of owning something, claiming it as our own, and a staple of showing consistency, a state of permanency, and stability. As much as the joys of home ownership are apparent, there also comes the stress and worry when something happens in our homes. Whether it is something minor like the air conditioning going out (which isn’t minor in Southern California, but maybe to others), or something major like a slab leak, it is always best to prepare you when things do happen. Most homes tend not to have slab leaks but when they do it is necessary to take immediate action to diverge extreme damage to your home and yourself. What is a slab leak you may ask? A slab leak is a pumping leakage found either in or below the concrete layer of your home. Here are some signs you have a slab leak in your home:
1. A sudden, and unexplained spike in your water bill
You’ve noticed an increase of your water bill even when it is out of season for the bill to be so high. This is an early sign since you could have constant water flow from a leak.
2. Water pooling where it shouldn’t
When you have a leak, water will begin to accumulate under your foundation until it finds a way to escape. The most prominent area would be shown outside of your home, the house would look like it’s leaking.
3. Damp carpet and warp hard flooring has suddenly appeared
The water accumulate underneath may not have anywhere to go, so will begin to bubble under your carpet or hard flooring.
4. Mold or mildew has appeared, either visibility or a smell
With an access of water in one location with dry materials, mold will eventually appear under your carpet or floor. You may not be able to see it, but you will smell it.
5. You have a decrease it water pressure
Constant water is flowing in your house, so when you turn on a faucet there will be less water than usual for your daily shower or washing the dishes.
6. The hot water heater is constantly running
The equivalent of leaving the hot water running in your home 24/7, which will result in having less hot water for daily necessity and life.
7. Your floor has become hot in certain areas.
With all the water hanging out under your floors, you will notice random hot spots moving from one room to the next. With nowhere to go, the pressure will build causing the water to trap, and create heat.
Has all these things happened in your home? Maybe one or two of them has happened, but you are getting considered about it. You recognize that you may have a slab leak based on the following signs. You need to take immediate action to prevent further damage to your home. Do not wait. Calling in a professional is necessary to look at the damage and determine what it takes to repair the mess causes by your slap leak. Once they have accessed the damage, they can begin to making your house feel like home again.
SERVPRO provides the best water service in the Fontana area, which a quick, easy and professional approach to getting your home back to tip top shape. For water damage and more, SERVPRO of Fontana is the name you can trust. Call us today at (909) 357-4337 and let us know how we can help.