Slab leaks are a common problem in Orange County, California homes. Depending on whom you ask, there are various reasons for this. Organic matter and other soil minerals can wear away at the copper pipes buried in the concrete slab foundation. Others blame the water district and the additives in our tap water, which could erode the pipes and cause them to fail. And others say high water pressure is the main culprit.
Whatever the truth is, or possibly a combination of all these and other factors, suffice it to say that water damage caused by slab leaks are the most common home insurance claim type I see in my business. And while slab leaks can flood your homes and cause costly damage, they can also go undetected for a month or more. Sometimes leaking water simply drains down into the slab and soil, and you never see damage inside your home at all. Here are three signs to watch out for. Any of these could indicate a slab leak.
- Water heater making more noise than usual, or you notice it running late at night. Slab leaks are almost always a hot water line.
- A warm spot under your carpet or hard floor. The hot spot can even be in a straight line and extend many feet. The water is simply pooling alongside the length of pipe, inside your slab.
- Obviously an unusually high water or gas bill should be investigated immediately.
As I’ve mentioned in the past, one method of prevention is to regularly test your water pressure. And also learn where the water shutoff valves are in and around your home.
If you have any questions regarding water damage or claims related to slab leaks, please contact me.
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