3 WAYS TO PREVENT A SLAB LEAK
[A slab leak]1 that is especially undetected for an extended period can be hectic to repair and incurs weighty costs. It is subtle to notice and lacks signs of warning. It can result in weakened building foundation structure that can collapse on disturbance.
The leak can dampen the floor and cause mold to flourish. It is of the essence to prevent a slab leak from occurring in the following ways.
1. SPRING CHECKUP
During the cold winter, the pipes can be stressed due to cold weather that makes the pipes contract on the outside and expand on the inside due to hot water. The pressure may eventually crack the pipes leading to leakages. The drains under the slab should be adequately insulated to avoid freezing of water. Frozen water expands and creates immense stress on the tubes that burst open.
A qualified Montgomery plumber can check the integrity of the pipes during the spring to ensure they are in excellent condition after the winter.
2. ENSURE PROPER INSULATION OF PIPES
Soil makes contact with the exterior of the metal drains while water makes contact with the interior. Electrolysis, induced due to a charged ground and constant friction between water and the inside of the pipe, causes corrosion of the drains. Small pinholes leaks form due to the corrosion. In hot water pipes, electrolysis is induced by heated soil particles that can corrode the outer region of the tube. Pipes should be shielded properly during installation to prevent electrolysis by a professional plumber.
3. PROPER INSULATION OF UNDERGROUND ELECTRIC LINES
Electricity energies particles in the ground which can react chemically. If the energized particles chemically react with underground metal lines, corrosion occurs. Pinhole leaks in the pipes are created leaking water into the slab. Improperly insulated underground electric lines can cause the excitation of soil particles leading to the corrosive reaction between the pipes and excited molecules. Have a Montgomery plumber check the how the electric lines might affect your underground pipe system.
Consult an expert plumber to check the piping and fitting system to ensure that your system is operating optimally and in proper condition.
Don’t let a slab leak destroy your Montgomery, AL home! Call Cole Plumbing at (334) 279-8919 to get it fixed.