Precautions to Take to Prevent Slab Leaks
The foundation of a Easton home can be one of the most important areas to maintain. If problems such as water leakage occur and are not found right away, the result can be damage to the building and large repair bills.
Slab leaks are a common problem in many homes, yet many go undetected year after year. If a home’s water bills suddenly start to be much higher than normal, the reason behind it may be slab leakage.
To prevent slab leaks from happening in a home, there are several precautions that can be taken to ensure the plumbing system is in top condition.
Inspection of Pipes
First and foremost, the Easton home’s pipes should be inspected for signs of rust and corrosion. This can be difficult, since the pipes associated with the foundation are usually located underground.
However, a plumber can inspect the pipes using specialized equipment to make sure they do not have any holes or cracks in them that are letting water leak into the foundation.
Because these pipes are made of metal, a process called electrolysis can happen which will lead to rust and corrosion over time. If left undetected, serious slab leakage will be the result.
Water Pressure in Pipes
Many people don’t realize just how important the role water pressure plays in slab leakage. Pipes that do not maintain appropriate water pressure levels can have too much stress placed on them at various spots within the pipes, which will eventually lead to cracks and holes forming.
When this happens, pipes will contract and expand inconsistently, which will lead to abrasion and serious leaks. A plumber can check the pipes to ensure they have the correct levels of water pressure flowing within them, which will help to prevent damage to the foundation.
Say No to Drain Cleaners
Far too often, people turn to drain cleaners to help clear pipes of clogs or other problems. However, this can also lead to serious problems with slab leakage if done on a consistent basis.
Because the chemicals used in the drain cleaners are very acidic, they can begin to eat away at the inside of pipes. As a result, corrosion can occur that often goes undetected for possibly many years until a problem begins to show in the foundation. But by then, the damage has already been done and it’s a virtual guarantee the repair bills will be extremely high.
Don’t let a slab leak destroy your Easton, PA home! Call Schuler Service at (610) 991-7098 to get it fixed.