Warning Signs of a Slab Leak - Biard & Crockett - Orange County Plumber

Warning Signs of a Slab Leak


If you are an Orange County homeowner, you may know to keep an eye out for slab leaks. A slab leak is one that is located in the water lines that run beneath a building’s concrete foundation. Although detecting and repairing a slab leak can sometimes be a difficult process, the experienced and licensed plumbers at Biard & Crockett Plumbing Services are here to help.

Slab leaks more common in Orange County

Most homes and businesses in our Orange County service area have concrete slab foundations. Unfortunately, if your building was constructed in the late ’50s and ’60s, you could be at an even higher risk for a slab leak because most foundations were poured as thin as two inches with no steel reinforcements. Combined with the local clay soil, this could mean a much more unstable slab, leading to damaged underground pipes and leaks.

Watch for high water bills

Even if your home was built more recently, you’ll want to watch out for slab leaks. One common warning sign of a leak under your foundation is a higher than normal water bill. The leaking pipe could be allowing water to run 24/7, resulting in a spike in your utility bills.

Listen for running water

Another warning sign of a slab leak is the sound of running water or a distant hissing noise. Although it may be faint at first, as the leak progresses, you will likely notice the running water noise even when no faucet is on.

Notice mildew or moisture

If you’ve noticed the other potential signs of a slab leak, you may want to watch for damp spots or take a look under your carpet for any mildew or moisture. Water from a slab leak is often absorbed by your flooring, causing mildew or mold to grow. You may also notice a musty smell coming from your walls or floors, or even a hot spot if your hot water line has been damaged.

Look for cracks or damage

Another obvious sign of a leak is damaged or warped hardwood and laminate flooring. And as a slab leak progresses, it will eventually cause damage to your foundation’s integrity. With a shifting foundation, you may notice cracks in the floor or walls of your home.

How we repair a slab leak

At Biard & Crockett, our team of top-rated plumbers use the most modern, state-of-the art technology to detect and repair a slab leak in your building. Methods for fixing a slab leak can include spot repair (the least invasive option), rerouting (often used in older homes) or epoxy pipe coating (used only on rare occasions). No matter the severity of your slab leak, our experienced plumbers will find the best solution for your situation.

If you are concerned your home or business may be experiencing a slab leak, call the Biard & Crockett plumbing experts right away at (714) 602-1299 or schedule service online. The sooner we can detect a leak, the quicker and easier the repair may be.

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