How Bad is a Slab Leak?
Slab leaks are dangerous and can damage your home
Posted 07:49 June 30, 2017
Last Updated 08:40 November 17, 2017
A slab leak is a water leak under your home's slab. It can be either a water (incoming) leak or a sewer (outgoing) leak. All slab leaks start out slow and then grow in severity over time. If left untreated, a slab leak will damage your home. The longer you put off repairs the more expensive it will be to repair.
All homes are either built on a basement, crawlspace, or slab. These are types of home foundations. Homes with crawlspaces or basements have easy access to electric and water lines. The lines are typically located under your home's flooring. Getting to them is easy via your basement or crawlspace. However, if your home is built on a slab, the lines are underneath your slab. Access is not easy. Repairs require cutting into your home's slab, repairing the damaged lines, and then repairing the area of the slab that was cut up.
Another problem arises when a home is built on a slab. If there is a water leak, where is it? An area where water is puddling is a clue, but water puddles do not necessarily reveal where the leak is. Due to subsurface channels and obstructions, water may be running under your slab for quite a distance and then escaping where there is a crack or other escape route. It is also common for water to puddle around the perimeter of your home when you have a slab leak. Again, this reveals the presence of a slab leak, but not the source of it.
Floor warping due to a slab leak
Slab leaks cause numerous problems; some are minor annoyances whereas others can cause extensive damage to your home and property. Inside the home common problems include:
Mold growing in the walls due to a slab leak
• Mold and mildew. Water that is absorbed by wood and drywall in your home leads to mold and mildew growth. Mold will grow inside your walls, developing into a potential health hazard over time.
• Damage to your yard. Water will escape via the path of least resistance. Sometimes that is the perimeter of your home's foundation. Water will start puddling around your home, causing damage the landscaping, walkways, and your home's foundation.
All Trades has decades of experience in dealing with slab leaks. We will find your problem and fix it, with the least amount of disruption to your home as is possible. We understand this is a major concern and problem for you. We service Las Vegas, Henderson, and Clark County Nevada. We are here for you.