When I married my husband ten years ago, I reluctantly agreed to move into the older brick home he already owned. I knew the house was outdated. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any experience renovating an older place. Immediately, I noticed the old central air conditioning unit in the home. After thoroughly inspecting the equipment, I was afraid the ancient unit wouldn’t make it through my first summer in my new place. Thankfully, I was wrong. After ten years, this same air conditioning system is still running smoothly. However, it has received some diligent care from a reputable HVAC contractor over the years. On this blog, you will discover the ways an HVAC contractor can restore an older air conditioning unit.
Have you been making yourself crazy trying to figure out why your water bills have gone through the roof all of a sudden? If the water bill has spiked and you didn't do something like fill a swimming pool, then you probably have a leak somewhere that needs to be identified and repaired. If you've looked for water damage trying to detect where the leak has sprung and have found nothing, there's a good chance that the leak is under the concrete slab under your home—commonly referred to as a slab leak.
How do you find a slab leak?
You will need to bring in professionals that offer plumbing leak detection services to find the leak and to make the repairs. Special tools are required to not only make the repairs, but also to find where the pipe is leaking.
What causes a slab leak?
Slab leaks are caused by an increase in pressure. This can be caused by soil shifting, foundation settling, or a poor installation and construction job when the lines were placed originally.
Hot water lines are more susceptible to breakage. This is because corrosion is more common inside the pipes that carry hot water—so the pipes corrode from the inside out. The same thing can happen with cold water lines, it's just not as likely.
Another issue that causes pipes within a concrete slab to break is abrasion damage. You know how pipes move around slightly when the water is turned on and off and when the water is flowing through them? Well, those vibrations causing the pipe to rub against the concrete may be all that's needed to damage the pipes to the point of rupturing. The pipes expand and contract as temperatures change inside, and they rattle around when there's air in the lines. If the pressure is too high, the pipes take a beating.
There's no time to put off getting a professional out to your home to find the leak and make the necessary repairs. The longer you allow the leak to persist, the more it will end up costing you on your water bill. You'll also face more extensive repairs and possible mold and mildew exposure. If the leak is occurring in the hot water lines, you're also causing the hot water heater to work much harder than it should, and you may end up needing to replace the unit as well. Don't wait—call for help today!