Slab leaks are one of the most unpleasant things to happen to a home simply because of the extent of the damage that they can cause.
The problem with slab leaks is that they are rarely detected early enough to prevent them from becoming a major problem. This is the type of leak that gradually occurs – it does not present itself until the damage is severe.
If you notice any signs of leaks, it is important to seek professional help right away or you run the risk of the following damages occurring to your home:
Damage to the foundation – This is one of the largest nightmares of any homeowner. When the foundation is damaged, the entire structure of the home could be at risk. If the leak is bad enough, the foundation can crack, putting your entire home at risk.
Damage to floors – When there is an abundance of water on your slab, it eventually has to go somewhere. The logical place is the floors in your home. You will begin to see signs of buckling, bubbling or large water stains on your wood floor, laminate or even carpeting.
Mold – If the water creeps up into the drywall of your home, you will eventually end up with mold spores that spread very quickly. Besides the danger that this poses to your home, it is also a serious issue for you and your family members. It can cause serious upper respiratory and even gastrointestinal illnesses.
Damage to landscaping – If the water from your slab leaks out into your yard rather than into your home, your landscaping is at risk. Too much water can cause your yard to become waterlogged and this can cause your landscaping to wither.
If you have any reason to suspect slab leaks on your home, it is best to consult with a professional in order to prevent any serious issues to your home. Getting the help of a professional right away is much better than waiting. Otherwise, the project could end up being much more labor intensive, disruptive to your home and very expensive.