Warning Signs of a Foundation Leak

Foundation or slab leaks are leaks that occur in the concrete or hard rock slab that homes are built on. Detecting these leaks early could help you avoid significant costs for repairs. How can you tell if you may have a foundation leak?

  1.  Unexplained Spike in Water Bills

Homes without foundation leaks usually receive an average water bill that stays within the same range most of the year. If you see your water bill spike suddenly and without cause, chances are you have a plumbing problem. A foundation leak will run 24/7 despite the taps remaining closed, which means that your water bill thinks you’re running the water all that time on purpose.

This is one of the more noticeable signs of a foundation or slab leak, but it’s by no means the most serious sign.

  1. Accumulation of Water

Leaking foundations cause water to accumulate on the slab underneath your home which then rises to the underside of the floor of your home and pools up. This excess water then tries to find an escape route, which often ends up being up through the floor of your home above the leaking region of the pipes.

Be sure to check other areas of your home if there is a leak—sometimes leaks can come from outside or other areas of your home, such as bathrooms.

  1. Growth and Development of Mold

Mold and mildew are common organisms that grow and nourish in wet regions of an environment. If you have pooling or standing water due to a foundation leak, this will likely also include your home floors. Leaking foundations pool water onto your floor which may also lead to water being absorbed by the walls and any carpet you have—these areas are very conducive to the growth and development of mold.

Slab leaks may not become clear quickly, but the longer you wait to call for service, the worse the damage could be. Option One Plumbing works to protect your home and your family. If you spot any of the above signs of a slab leak reach out to our team today for slab leak services and repairs today.