slab leakWhen it comes to finding a slab leak in your home’s foundation, early detection is key! Not only can it be an expensive fix, but it can lead to structural damage if left untreated, not to mention the water damage it can cause. How do you know if you have a slab leak?

These are 6 signs that you have a slab leak:

An unexplained spike in your water bill

Any time you have a leak in your home, your water bill will rise. So if you have a higher than normal bill, with no normal explanation, the first thing you should check for is a leak.

Hearing the sound of running water

If you are in one part of the house and you hear the sound of running water as if someone is using a toilet or sink, but no one is, that could be the sign of a leak.

Feeling of hot spots on the floor

While walking across the floor, you feel hot or humid/moist spots compared to other areas of the floor. This is a sign of a potential slab leak. A leak in the hot water line will allow hot water to accumulate under the slab allowing for moisture to gather in the surrounding floor area.

Pooling water

Water can pool inside your home, in the kitchen or bathroom. If you determine that it isn’t coming from an appliance, it could be pushing up from a leak in the foundation.

Mold or Mildew

If the leak makes its way into the home, you might notice mold or mildew growing on a carpet or the walls. It might not be something you see, but you will be able to smell it. If you do, check for signs of a leak.

Water around the perimeter of your house

If you have a slab leak, eventually it will have to move outside of your home. If you notice an area that has standing water, moss, or mud, make sure there is not an irrigation system outside that is leaking first. If that isn’t the case, you probably have a slab leak.

All of these instances require the immediate attention of a plumbing professional. McDonough Plumbing in Port Charlotte is here to help. Contact us for plumbing solutions from Venice, to Punta Gorda.