A minor space in the direction of the water flow leads to its seepage or leaks. Most of the time, these leaks go unnoticed until a major destruction happens. In this post, Saksham Plumbing, specialists in turnkey plumbing solutions, will discuss about the most common and most unnoticed water leak location: slabs
What do you mean by slab?
Here, slab doesn’t mean a kitchen slab. It is the base of the ground where the whole house is erected. This slab is not placed underground, but on the ground level. It can easily be seen if you have a basement or underground parking. If the water starts to seep through the ground unnoticed, this may lead to major distraction on the building.
How to identify slab leaks
Hot or cold spots: Due to water movement under the ground you may notice a hot or cold spot on the ground floor. This may be due to slab leaks.
Sound of running water:The sound of running water under the ground or small leaks are signs to watch for to check slab leaks. If you notice any catch, call the plumber immediately to prevent any unrecoverable damage from happening.
Effects of Leaks
Water seepage or leaks under the slab area causes the soil to loosen its hold and a continuous leak may lead to complete displacement of the soil, which means the slab will expand both horizontally and vertically. Initially, this displacement is horizontal and thus goes unnoticed, but if this movement bursts vertically, it starts to take a different turn.
As the water seeps through the soil and makes it move upwards the soil bulges up thus disturbing the level of the foundation. As the foundation becomes unbalanced, the impact moves towards the walls by rising the wall from one side. This rise leads to the pressure on the walls leading to cracks in the same. When the foundation moves further, the cracks gets longer and wider. This can be identified if there are cracks in the ceramic tile. Keep a watch, there may be a leak within.
There can be many reasons for slab leaks.
The most common is weather. Due to water movement under the ground you may notice a hot or cold spot on the ground floor. This may be due to slab leaks.
Old pipe fittings:The old and rusted pipe fitting under the ground can also be the reason for slab bulges and leaks.
Improper construction: mproper construction: Improper construction or poor fittings may also lead to these slab leaks and cracks.
It is very crucial to keep a check on the plumbing issues that may come up in our building or homes. May it be a minor change, leak, sound or smell, it has to be dealt with seriously and urgently before it takes on the form of a disaster. At the initial stage, the repair may cost pennies but at disaster stage, it can cost fortunes and may burden to the pockets. The rule of thumb we can follow here is – “the earlier, the better”