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How Do I Know If I Need Slab Leak Detection?

There are certain phrases that can send a chill through the spines of homeowners. Termite infestation, mold remediation, water damage, and foundation problems are all highly problematic and potentially expensive things to fix. 

Another phrase no homeowner wants to hear is “slab leak.” That’s because slab leaks are not only difficult to pinpoint and diagnose, but they can also cause extensive damage when they’re not discovered promptly.

In this post, we’ll focus on the signs of a slab leak that every homeowner should be aware of. That way, you can call us for slab leak detection in Pomaria, SC at the first signs of trouble.

Excessive Cracks in Your Home’s Foundation

Do you live in an older home that was built more than twenty years ago? It’s common to see a few minor, superficial cracks in a home’s foundation which can occur during settling. But when you have numerous structural cracks in your home’s concrete foundation, this is a huge red flag. Slab leaks can cause the structural foundation to weaken and shift, which can ultimately lead to those cracks you see. 

A Spike in Water Bills

You should know how much you pay for water each month. So if you’re ever facing a water bill that seems higher than normal, that’s a sign of a water leak somewhere in the system. If you can’t account for a high bill through usage, there’s a good chance you have a hidden leak. The longer it goes unchecked, the more your water bills will climb while the leak will worsen and cause further damage.

Visible Water Damage

When a leak goes unnoticed for too long, water can start to pool in unlikely spots. At first, the symptom will be warm spots in the walls and floors, buckling floors, and paint or flooring that bubbles in areas. When it’s worse, you’ll notice water stains on the floors, ceilings, or walls. This is a definite sign that you do have a leak somewhere and you should call a professional plumber ASAP.

Mold or Mildew Development

Does your home have a moldy or mildewy smell and you can’t pinpoint where it’s coming from? If you notice a distinct mold smell in your home—or even worse, can see mold or mildew developing—this could be a sign of a slab leak. Excessive leaking water will raise the humidity levels in your home, and a humid house is the ideal environment for mold to flourish.

The Sound of Running Water

If you’re hearing the sound of water running and you don’t have any appliances, faucets, or taps running, you shouldn’t hear running water. If you do, there’s a chance that you could have a pipe leak behind the drywall or even a slab leak. The best thing you can do at this point is to give our team a call to check it out.

We offer slab leak detection and repair services and have been in the business for 30+ years. Our expertise is unmatched when it comes to making sure the foundation of your home remains water-free.

Contact Fulmer Heating & Cooling today for slab leak detection services in Pomaria, SC!

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