Slab Leak Detection and Foundation Leak Repair
Austin homes with slab leaks need repairs by experienced plumbers
Austin-area soil typically has high clay content with little organic matter. Clay responds to moisture content, expanding and rising when filled with water. When clay soil rises, this puts pressure on concrete slabs above. In extreme situations, rising clay can cause a slab foundation to crack and buckle. Water then comes up through the cracks and floods the structure. Of course, flooring and furniture are ruined. Sewer lines running under and through the foundation may also crack.
In a different scenario, a slab leak can cause the soil below the foundation to erode. This creates a cavity that causes the slab to collapse. Further problems occur when plumbing lines below the slab get broken by the weight of the collapsed concrete foundation.
Plumbing pipes below a slab that stays intact are subject to damage from shifting soil. Ground that moves causes pipes to move; cracks develop due to the movement.
Plumbing professionals can fix problems created by shifting ground and slab leaks. Pipes can be repaired and replaced.
The homeowner’s essential task is to call a certified plumber if you suspect a slab leak. Repairing a leak is much less costly than fixing damage after a leak has created problems.
Call Abacus Plumbing Austin if you see these signs:
- Your water bill rises for no good reason
- You can hear water running but all faucets are off
- Your foundation develops cracks
- Plants near the foundation grow unevenly
- You can see that the soil around your home has shifted
- Warm spots develop on flooring above the slab
- You see darkening patches of grout, linoleum, and hardwood planks
- Unpleasant odors emanate from floors or walls
Save Thousands by Detecting Leaks Early
At Abacus Plumbing Austin, we urge our customers to schedule annual plumbing inspections. Our licensed plumbers will detect slab and foundation leaks by performing a comprehensive check of your plumbing system and fixtures. A water pressure test that comes back with indications of low water pressure may reveal a slab leak.
Our Abacus Club membership saves our customers money. Don’t ever worry about high water bills due to undetected leaks, or about costly repairs because of foundation leak damage. Call us today at 512-400-0749 or schedule your appointment online to have a licensed Abacus Plumbing Austin expert conduct a complete home plumbing inspection