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Precautions To Take To Prevent Slab Leaks

What Is a Slab Leak?

Water on the floor of a basement, in front of a laundry machine.A network of pipes runs through the slab foundation of all homes, and these pipes can develop leaks just as other pipes can. These leaks can be difficult to repair because of their location deep in the concrete, requiring slab leak detection.

When not repaired quickly, they can cause unnecessary water waste and potentially serious damage to your property. By taking a few precautions, you can minimize the likelihood of a slab leak and prevent the hassle and cost associated with repairs.

What Can You Do To Prevent Slab Leaks

Avoid Using Too Much Water Pressure

While many people love high water pressure, excessive water pressure can cause pipes to weaken and rupture. If you believe your water pressure may be relatively high, you may consider contacting a plumber to inspect your system. A plumber can make adjustments to your water pressure if needed to prevent a leak.

Take Action Against Hard Water

Hard water can also have a negative impact on pipes. You may be aware that water in your area is hard, and you may need to follow steps that other Austin homeowners are taking to correct the issue. For example, installing a water softener may be an effective way to improve a hard water issue and prevent unnecessary pipe damage.

Avoid Chemical Drain Cleaners

Chemical drain cleaners are commonly used to remove clogs in sinks and other areas of the plumbing system. These are very harsh chemicals that can eventually damage your pipes. It’s best to contact a plumber to snake your drains if you have a clog.

Some Austin homeowners will also schedule annual pipe cleaning with a plumber. Our S & D Plumbing experts can use a hydro jetting machine to propel clean water through the pipes forcefully, which can clear away any clogs that may be developing.

What To Do if You Suspect a Slab Leak

While there are many steps you can take to prevent a leak in your slab foundation, leaks can still develop over time. For example, slab leaks can also be caused by earthquakes and natural settling of the ground soil around the house.

These leaks can result in expensive water waste, at which point you should contact a plumber for diagnosis and repair as soon as you suspect a leak. This will help you keep your home in better condition and prevent your water bills from being unnecessarily high.

Don’t let a slab leak damage your Austin, TX, home. Call S & D Plumbing at 512-595-5341 today to schedule slab leak repair.

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