Nobody wants a leak in their home. Whether it’s a dripping shower head or a sweaty toilet bowl, they’re nothing but problematic. There is a point where leaks go from problematic to potentially dangerous, and that’s when they’re hidden away beneath concrete. On top of typical leak issues, hidden slab leaks can also damage your home’s framing and foundation while simultaneously leading to dangerous mold growth. No good, right? Right.
If you’re not sure whether you have a water leak beneath concrete, then follow these steps to find out.
Make a habit of paying attention to your monthly water bill.
Your water bill is going to fluctuate, that’s normal. There’s a difference between regular changes and the peaks that come from hidden leaks, though. If you have a massive spike between months, or if you find your bill increasing over time as your water usage stays the same, there’s likely a hidden leak.
Check on the more likely culprits for the water bill increase.
A water bill increase is a sign that you have a leak, but it doesn’t mean that there’s a leak beneath concrete. Once you notice the financial change, it’s time to look at potential offenders. The most common leaks found by the technicians at Ben Franklin Plumbing include toilet, pipe joint, and faucet leaks. If you inspect these parts of your home’s plumbing and find no leaks, then it’s time to look a little deeper.
Search for pooling water in your basement.
Leaks or slab leaks beneath concrete lead to water building up underneath your home’s concrete foundation. There comes a point where this gathering water has nowhere else to go so it starts to push up anywhere it can. This can cause pooling water in places like basement flooring or your front yard. If you have wooden flooring in your basement, it’s especially important to find this water right away. Wood floors can warp easily with enough moisture and getting them replaced is a costly venture.
Use your nose.
Hidden leaks like the ones found under concrete are typically not found right away. This means that the sitting water has enough time to fester and have mold develop. Guess what – mold smells! If you suspect there’s a leak beneath concrete in your home, there’s a chance you’ll be able to source it using your sniffer.
Know what to look for different kinds of leaks.
If you’re to this step, you’re probably pretty sure you have a leak. If you want to go a little deeper to figure out what kind of leak you have, there are more things you can do. For instance, if your leak is coming from a hot water pipe, you’ll be able to tell by walking around on your floor barefoot and looking for warm spots. If you find a warm spot, mark it and check back a day later. If it’s still warm, there’s a reason – and that reason is probably a leak.
If you’re concerned the leak beneath your concrete is a sewer leak, you can check in your basement. Sewer leaks are the variety most likely to cause cracking in basement flooring. Go make a visual check and if you see any cracks in tile, brick, or molding, then it’s time to call the professionals immediately.
Speaking of professionals, the team at Ben Franklin Plumbing know exactly what to do to handle water leaks beneath your concrete. If you’ve gone through these steps and feel certain that you have one of these troublesome and unsightly leaks, get in touch with us. We’ll take care of the problem swiftly and completely so you don’t have to worry.