There are a lot of problems that can strike fear into a homeowner’s heart. One of the biggest of those problems is the dreaded slab leak.
What is a slab leak?
You know the concrete under your home? That’s called the foundation, or slab. A slab leak is a leak in a water pipe under the concrete. It can cause the foundation of your home to move or crack. As you can imagine, this can be costly and frustrating for a homeowner.
How do you know if you have a slab leak?
There are several symptoms to watch for that could all mean a slab leak. As we mentioned, cracks in your walls or floors indicate there is a problem with the foundation. This could be a sign of a leak. In addition, keep a close eye on your water bill. If you notice a huge spike in water usage, it indicates a leak of some sort somewhere – including the possibility of a slab leak. Another sign to watch for? If your carpet is wet or mildew is forming under the carpet pad, it could mean you’ve got a foundation leak.
What do you do if you have a slab leak?
Call a professional to come assess your situation. Mr. Plumber Plumbing Co. has decades of experience in detecting and repairing slab leaks here in San Antonio. We use state-of-the-art equipment to do so with as little damage to your property as possible.
How much does it cost to repair a slab leak?
There is no hard and fast answer to that because it all depends on the individual situation. So much goes into the repair. First, you have to find the leak. Then you have to jackhammer through the floor (flooring, concrete and slab), repair the pipe and cover once again. It can be very expensive. Most times, it’s well into the thousands of dollars. Some homeowners do have insurance that covers slab leaks, but it’s often an “opt-in” like flood insurance. Check with your insurance agent to see what your coverage offers. The average homeowner’s insurance policy will not cover slab leaks.
Hope this has helped explain one of the biggest headaches a homeowner can face. Hopefully you never have to deal with a slab leak. But if you do, you can trust the professionals at Mr. Plumber Plumbing Co. to get you through it.