Lakewood Slab Leak Services
Slab or foundation leaks often go undetected, and many Lakewood homeowners only realize there’s a problem when they notice damage like swollen flooring or foundation cracks. Fitzgerald Plumbing has over a decade of experience in slab leak detection and repair. We’ll work with you to devise the best solution to fit your budget, and we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
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What is a Slab Leak?
Being a homeowner means dealing with a never-ending list of problems. Even when things seem to be going well, one may not be aware of issues in hidden systems like plumbing until it’s too late. If your home was built on a concrete foundation, it’s crucial to protect it from damage caused by water leaks.
So, what is a slab leak?
In simple terms, a slab leak occurs when the copper pipes running under the foundation leak. If the leak goes unnoticed, it can wreak havoc on the concrete, leading to significant structural damage.
What Causes Slab Leaks?
Sometimes, slab leaks occur when the soil beneath your home shifts, putting stress on the pipes and causing them to crack. However, the more common reasons this happens are as follows.
- Poor Foundation Construction
Many people assume slab leaks happen only to older homes, but they can occur in newer ones, especially if the foundation wasn’t properly.
- Hard Water
If the water in your area is too hard, it causes the pipes to deteriorate more quickly than if you had soft water. One option homeowners have to protect themselves against acidic water is installing a water softener to remove minerals like magnesium and calcium.
Sometimes, the pipes under your foundation rub together, causing them to wear down and eventually leak. Hot water pipes expand and shrink, which can cause friction to occur between the hot and cold lines.
- Earth Movement
As mentioned, soil shifting from natural events like earthquakes, erosion, or underground waterways can put excess pressure on your plumbing, causing them to weaken and rupture.
- Excess Water Pressure
If your water pressure exceeds what the pipes can handle, they weaken and eventually break. You can avoid this by installing a water pressure regulator to control the pressure coming into your home.