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Do I Have a Slab Leak Around My Florida Swimming Pool?

On Jul 30, 2018

Do I Have a Slab Leak Around my Florida Swimming Pool

Do you suspect you have a slab leak around your swimming pool? If so, you need to take your suspicions seriously! Letting a slab leak go undetected and unrepaired could lead to significant problems such as structural damage to your inground swimming pool. Early detection is critical. Read on to learn what the warning signs of a slab leak include. You'll also learn how to determine if you need slab leak repairs around your Florida swimming pool.

What is a Slab Leak?

A slab leak is a water or sewer leak under a concrete slab. Often a slab leak begins in underground pipes under the foundation of a home; however, it can also be a leak under the concrete floor of your garage or a concrete slab around your swimming pool. This type of leak is usually the result of deteriorating pipes that start to leak. When a slab leak goes undetected, it can lead to erosion in the ground and deterioration in the concrete slab.

Do I Have a Slab Leak?

There are a few common signs of having a slab leak. However, one of the first and most eye-opening signs may be a significant rise in your water bill. If your water bill has skyrocketed and your water usage has not changed, a slab leak is likely the culprit.

Other early detection signs of a slab leak are:

  • A decrease in your water pressure.
  • A constant sound of water running.
  • A damp spot on your cement that doesn't seem to dry up.
  • Foundation cracks.
  • Cracks in the walls.
  • Recurring mold growth.

If you are experiencing these symptoms, a slab leak may be the cause, and you should investigate immediately.

What Causes a Slab Leak?

If the pipes are installed incorrectly during a pool installation, there's a good chance that they won't be able to function properly once the concrete foundation settles.

Sometimes, slab leaks occur when the ground of your home starts to shift, your pipes are bound to experience a little pressure. However, while pipes are strong and can withstand a lot of things, too much pressure can really take a toll and cause them to leak.

Pipes naturally expand and contract as water flows throughout them, but doing so can cause trouble depending on installed pipes. For example, when pipes are exposed to concrete, gravel, or other pipes, friction may cause them to wear down or limit their room to expand. Pipe leaks can also occur as soil causes corrosion. 

Besides these uncommon reasons for leaks, pipes can begin leaking under your home, deck, or other slab foundation from traditional plumbing issues. That's why it's important to make sure you have a professional identify the location as well as how severe the damage is before determining a repair method.


How to Find a Slab Leak

As mentioned earlier, early detection of a slab leak is critical. However, if you are still uncertain if you have a slab, it is easy to determine how to use your water meter. First, make sure you turn off all your water-using appliances and record the number on your water meter. If you do not use any water and the water meter number increases, you have evidence of a slab leak.

Locating water leaks frequently requires a professional leak detection company. With high-tech ultrasonic equipment, Aquaman Leak Detection technicians can detect a leak within one inch of the point of origin without tearing up all of your concrete. 

Modern technology allows for accurate, non-destructive slab leak detection. These pick up on the noise made when a leaky section of pipe vibrates due to water leaving it at high speed. They may also use sonic location systems to pinpoint water lines, nonmetal pipes, and video pipe inspection equipment.

Contact Aquaman Leak Detection if you suspect a slab leak. It's important to work with the right company in order to avoid major damage. Our licensed contractors service all of Florida, efficiently finding and repairing leaks the first time. We will ensure proper pipe repair and reduce your cleanup and landscaping expenses.


By Aquaman

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