How Do Slab Leaks Happen in the First Place?

How Do Slab Leaks Happen in the First Place?

Slab leaks are those annoying, troublesome leaks that occur so far into the concrete slab underneath your property that your technician actually has to drill into the ground to get to it. When this happens, your insurance may not cover it, as slab leaks are often caught so late that the insurance company deems the water damage negligent.

Homeowners frustrated by the water damage resulting from a slab leak may wonder: could anything have been done to prevent this from happening in the first place? Unfortunately, natural events that sometimes lead to slab leaks are tough to prevent. Here’s why they happen:

  • Earthquakes – Ground movement can lead to pipe leaks, so it may be a good idea to have a professional inspect your pipes shortly after a major earthquake. You should also pay attention to the signs: reduced water pressure, the sound of rushing water, or heat from the floor, for example.
  • Poor Installation – When pipes are not correctly installed, they may be more likely to break even when there is nothing unusual about the environment around them.
  • Standard Wear – Corrosion takes hold of any set of pipes eventually. At the first sign of a corroding set of pipes (the appearance of rust), you should consider replacing them so that you won’t have to deal with a sudden pipe leak that leaves you rushing to the phone to call a plumber.
  • Abrasion – Ground movement can happen for reasons other than an earthquake. Nearby construction can shake the pipes, and the vibrations may eventually force the pipes to burst as they rub against the concrete, earth, or gravel.

Schedule regular plumbing maintenance visits and call a professional as soon as you suspect slab leaks in order to minimize the damage and the cost.

Call Allstar Plumbing & Rooter Service Inc. for expert plumbing services in Rancho Cucamonga, CA.

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