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Flood Damage to Your Pleasant Hill Home from a Slab Leak

1/24/2017 (Permalink)

Foundation Cracks Can Lead to Water Damage in Pleasant Hill

SERVPRO Is Your First Source for Flooding Help

Any leak in your home can turn into a serious plumbing issue. One leak that requires immediate attention is a slab leak. Flooding from this type of leak can cause serious damage to your home. The professionals at SERVPRO provide slab leak repair and detection services.

When the water supply in drainpipes or pipes which run through the concrete slab under your Pleasant Hill home crack, break or burst, a slab leak occurs. The leak is not in the actual slab, but instead in the pipes that are in or underneath the concrete slab. These leaks can leave you with significant flood damage. If there were heavy rains that drenched the grounds, this could lead to groundwater intrusion also.

Your home’s plumbing can develop a slab leak for many reasons. Some of the commonly seen ones include:  
Pipe corrosion
Pipe wear and tear from friction from gravel, nearby pipes, concrete, or shifting grade.
High water pressure
Poor quality or improperly installed pipes
Settling or shifting slab, causing a pipe break

How can you tell if you have a slab that is leaking? Look out for cracks in your flooring or walls, the sound of running water when water is all turned off, or a spinning water meter when no water is running outside or inside your home. You may notice moisture or mildew under flooring or carpeting, a sewage smell, water bills that are higher than average, or a recent bug problem from added ground moisture.

Detecting a slab leak requires a plumbing expert and a thorough, careful detection process. SERVPRO can work alongside the plumber to clean up the flooding the leak has created and repair any damages to your home to get you back to normal again. Our trained technicians have the proper tools and equipment to make a thorough and quick recovery under normal conditions. If your slab home has a severe foundation break due to a shifting grade, then a major job could entail jacking up and supporting areas of the foundation. The strengthening of the underpinnings is a task beyond the scope of all but the most specialized construction companies.

 Know in advance what your insurance policy covers. Your homeowner’s policy might or might not cover the cost of repairs for a slab leak. SERVPRO can also work with your insurance company and you with the paperwork and coordination of the task at hand.

Detection and repair of slab leaks take expert advice and the knowledge of professionals. Do not attempt to try and fix this flood damage problem yourself. Instead, call us at SERVPRO of North Lilburn as soon as you realize there is a problem. We can be reached anytime you need us at (770) 709-3266.

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