7 Tips to Detect Slab Leaks

Slab leaks are leaks that are typically found under the floors of your home. These leaks are normally seen in older homes where age is beginning to affect the pipes and plumbing joints. If you suspect that you might have a slab leak, our plumbers recommend following these steps to find the leak and its source.

Look for Water on Patio Floors

One of the most obvious signs of a slab leak is finding water on your patio floor. Try drying the water and seeing if it returns. If it does return, you may have a slab leak.

Look for Water Coming out of the Walls

Leaks will drain however they can. Sometimes, that means that the leak will find its way through a wall and onto the floor. Water coming out of the walls or showing up underneath cabinets without sinks can be indicators of slab leaks.

Determine the Leaking Water’s Temperature

If you do find a leak, determine what the temperature of the leaked water is. If it’s hot or warm, it’s probably coming from your hot water heater.

Check for Hot Floors

Is there an area of your flooring that is warmer than other areas? Hot water slab leaks will often show no sign other than a warmed floor area.

Is Your Water Heater Not Turning Off?

Your hot water heater should cycle on and off throughout the day as it needs to warm the water in the tank back up to an ideal temperature. If it is not turning off, that’s a sign that either the tank has become inefficient or that there is a leak that is keeping the tank from holding the warmed water in.

Test Your Water Meter

Have everyone in the house stop using water — no laundry or dishes being washed, no toilets being flushed, etc. — and go outside to check your meter. It should not be spinning if no water is being used, so if it’s spinning, you can feel confident that there is a leak somewhere.

Watch for High Bills

If your gas and/or water bills are notably higher than normal, you almost definitely have a leak of some kind. Watch for spikes on these bills to catch leaks you might not otherwise be able to see.

If you find that you have a slab leak or suspect that you do, call us today. We will help you to find the source of the leak and eliminate the problem.