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Slab Leak 101
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Plumbing 03/5/17

Slab Leak 101

Bill Howe has been the leading slab leak detection company in San Diego since first offering the service over 30 years ago. Bill Howe ensures that every slab leak detection technician has the most up to date equipment and training. Currently, Bill Howe has nine expert leak locators ready to pinpoint the precise location and recommend the best, and most cost-effective, solution.

Slab leaks occur for many reasons, but the most common leaks will be due to pressure fluctuations which cause the pipe to expand and contract and rub against the slab foundation. In a previous blog, we talked about thermal expansion; if your home has a water heater, you are experiencing thermal expansion.

The pipes in the slab expand and contract and over time weaken and will develop a small pinhole leak that can do big damage.

Often symptoms show up as warm spots on floors (if it is a leak in the hot water, which is most common) damp spots or pooling water. However, it is possible to have a leak in the slab foundation without knowing it. Monitoring your water bills is the best way to see if there are major changes. If a spike in the water bill occurs, it could be due to a slab leak.

Many homeowners’ first question is should I call my insurance? Slab leak insurance coverage in San Diego varies by the insurance carrier, but in our experience, it is best to find the leak, stop the leak, and then call upon your insurance. Often, insurance adjusters will want to know if it has been located and if the leak has been stopped. This could make a difference in your coverage.

From start to finish, slab leaks and the damage they can potentially cause are frustrating, costly, and inconvenient. That’s why the expert slab leak experts at Bill Howe are the right choice when you suspect a problem.

With over 30 years’ experience in locating the leak, repairing the leak, and restoring the damage, all it takes is one call to 1-800 Bill Howe (245-5469). Our experts will take care of your home and our water damage team works directly with your insurance.



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