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Causes of Slab Leaks

Slab leaks constitute a serious problem with your plumbing, largely because of their location. They’re named because the water line has sprung a leak under a concrete slab or similar blockage, making them tough to reach. The potential causes of slab leaks play a role in the steps taken to correct it. If you need plumbing repair in Wheaton, IL  or the surrounding areas, give Lifeline Plumbing a call today.

Here’s a brief list of the more common causes of slab leaks:

  • Friction on exposed pipes. Piping will expand and contract when hot and cold water moves through it, as well as in relation to the weather outside. (We have our share of temperature extremes in Illinois.) When that happens, the pipe can rub up against the bottom part of the slab or a similar hard surface. Over time, that can eventually create a leak: doubly difficult because the pipe’s placement makes it impossible to spot the problem until the breach has occurred.
  • Damage from the soil. Corrosive materials, acidic minerals and similar content in the soil can eventually wear away the pipe until a breach occurs. As with friction, it can be difficult to determine the nature of this problem until it damages the plumbing.
  • Damage from other projects. In some cases, a water line may be inadvertently breached by someone working on another part of the area. For instance, if you’re having a new sidewalk poured in, you might turn off the water to let the crew work more easily. If a crewman accidentally hits the pipe and causes a breach, it won’t show up until the water is turned back on (and the concrete has hardened).

Regardless of the causes of slab leaks, the prudent homeowner’s course of action is clear. In Wheaton, IL, plumbing repair service can be performed by the experts at Lifeline Plumbing. Turn off the main water line and give us a call. One of our trained technicians will arrive at your home, determine the source of the problem and discuss a plan for making repairs with you. Give us a call to set up an appointment today!

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