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Precautions to Take to Prevent Slab Leaks

What is a Slab Leak?

A network of pipes runs through the slab foundation of all homes, and these pipes can develop leaks just as other pipes can. These leaks can be costly to diagnose and difficult to repair because of their location deep in the concrete. When not repaired quickly, they can cause unnecessary water waste and potentially serious damage to your property. By taking a few precautions, you can minimize the likelihood of a slab leak and prevent the hassle and cost associated with repairs.

What You Can Do to Prevent Slab Leaks

  • Avoid Using Too Much Water Pressure. While many people love high water pressure, excessive water pressure can cause pipes to weaken and rupture. If you believe that your water pressure may be relatively high, you may consider contacting a plumber to inspect your system. A plumber can make adjustments to your water pressure if needed to prevent a leak.

  • Taking Action Against Hard Water. Hard water can also have a negative impact on the pipes. You may be aware that water in your area is hard, and you may need to follow steps that other Austin homeowners are taking to correct the issue. For example, installing a water softener may be an effective way to improve a hard water issue and to prevent unnecessary damage to your pipes.

  • Avoid Chemical Drain Cleaners. Chemical drain cleaners are commonly used to remove clogs in sinks and other areas of the plumbing system. These are vary harsh chemicals, and they can have a negative impact on pipes. A better idea is to contact a plumber to snake your drains if you have a clog. Some Austin homeowners will also schedule annual pipe cleaning with a plumber. A plumber may use a hydro jetting machine to propel clean water through the pipes forcefully, and this can clear away any clogs that may be developing.

What to Do If You Suspect a Slab Leak

While there are many steps that you can take to prevent a leak in your slab foundation, leaks can still develop over time. For example, slab leaks can also be caused by earthquakes and natural settlement of the ground soil around the house. These leaks can result in expensive water waste, and you should contact a plumber for diagnosis and repair service as soon as you suspect that you may have a leak. This will help you to keep your home in better condition and will prevent your water bills from being unnecessarily high.

Don't let a slab leak destroy your Austin, TX home. Call S&D Plumbing now at (512) 648-4663 to get it fixed.