Chances are if you live in Austin, you live in a house built with slab construction. While this construction style is great in terms of efficiency and in lacking the need to take care of a creepy basement, when problems arise such as leaks, they can become a headache as big as the Lone Star State itself.
The biggest issue with slab leaks, which generally arise from pipes under the solid foundation cracking or breaking, is that they’re difficult to spot yet still cost you hundreds. At Radiant Plumbing in Austin, slab leaks are our specialty. Below we compiled a list of three major signs that may show you have a slab leaks that you might not even realize yet.
- Ghost Puddles and Cracked Tiles: Random puddles appearing out of the blue may seem paranormal, but we assure you they’re not. When pipes crack and lead to slab leaks underneath your foundation, the water has to go somewhere, and that somewhere is usually up and into your home. Puddles with no apparent source, signs of mildew or moisture around your home and cracked tiles are all signs of a possible slab leak. Additionally, if it was a hot water line that broke, you may be able to feel the heat of the water directly on the floor itself.
- Sounds of Rushing Water…When the Faucet Is Off: If you can hear running or rushing water when the faucet isn’t on, this could be a telltale sign of a serious slab leak. The sound is coming from the water rushing from the cracked or broken pipe below. A visit from a Radiant Plumbing professional can help determine the origin of this phantom sound.
- Your Water Meter Is Going Haywire: Rising utility bills without an increased use of water usage is another sign of a slab leak. Since the water is leaking regardless if you’re using it or not, you’re being charged for it. Over time, these leaks can increase utility bills considerably, costing you money and wasting water all the while. One way to check this before having a Radiant Plumbing professional come to your home is to look at your water meter while you have no water running. If the meter still shows running water, chances are, it’s a slab leak.
When it comes to slab leaks in the Austin area, Radiant Plumbing are your local slab leak professionals.
If you are experiencing any of the signs above, give us a call today!