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A Study in Leaks: What’s Underneath Your Slab?
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Plumbing 03/19/15

A Study in Leaks: What’s Underneath Your Slab?

It is easy to take a proactive step to detect leaks inside and outside of your home. You don’t have to be a plumber in San Diego to identify moisture or dripping in visually accessible areas, or listen for strange noises coming from your toilet. But what about leaks you can’t see? Or unexplained spikes in your water bill?

In yesterday’s blog, we told you how to quickly monitor and check your water meter for activity. This is the first step to take when you have an unknown leak. For 35 years, Bill Howe Plumbing in San Diego has been the premiere leak detection and repair company. And one of the more common scenarios we run into is a leak in the slab foundation.

Slab leaks can be tricky, because the symptoms may appear slowly or make no sense. Some common indications you may have a pipe leaking in the slab are:

  • Wet or damp floors (especially in living spaces that don’t have visible plumbing)
  • Sky high water bills
  • Hissing or running water sound when water is not in use
  • Warm floors
  • Hot water running through the cold taps
  • Lifting or buckling floors (linoleum, wood, laminate)

 

Many people also think that where they see water coming up indicates the leak is directly underneath. This is why is is important to have a professional plumber in San Diego assess a slab leak. Water from leaking pipes in the slab travels up through the concrete and takes the path of least resistance. Often, the actual leak will be several inches left or right, and if it is the footing, that difference is important.

Bill Howe Plumbing in San Diego has been using specialized electronic leak detection equipment to accurately pinpoint slab leaks and provide cost effective solutions for repairs and reroutes. We can also help relieve stress and save you time by coordinating our plumbing repair service with our restoration and reconstruction team.

From start to finish, you only need to make one phone call. We will send you a specialized plumber in San Diego to walk you through the whole process. He will assess your situation, check your water meter to verify the possible leak and do a thorough inspection to determine the best step. If specialized slab leak location is required, you will receive a verbal quote and detail about the process.

And once we have your leak pinpointed, we will recommend the best option and estimate tailored to your individual needs and preferences. If you choose an option that will require removing flooring, walls or cabinetry, our restoration team will come to provide a free estimate to make sure your home is put back to its original and beautiful condition. Our restoration team will even work with your insurance company!

From the first call to our knowledgeable office staff to plumber to restoration/reconstruction project manager and specialists, you will find a team of professionals dedicated to taking care of you like one of the Bill Howe family.

If you have an unknown leak and/or show signs of a slab leak, call 1-800 Bill Howe (245-5469). It’s the only number you need!

Watch our slab leak commercial! [youtube]https://youtu.be/MWiM5siL380[/youtube]

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  1. Any leak in your home is a problem. Great tips on how to know when you have one. Thanks for posting!

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