Plumbing leaks are a very serious issue. Sometimes slab leaks occur and other times it is a leak in a wall or ceiling pipe. Plumbing leaks can lead to greater issues, like foundation problems. Plumbing leaks often occur from the shifting or movement of a home. The foundation moves enough to cause a pipe to break or crack.
But sometimes a leak happens on its own and then causes foundation problems. If a pipe is leaking and it is unknown to the homeowner, this can go on for months and years. The water then over-saturates the soil, causing the soil to move in that particular area. The soil around the spot of the pipe break won’t be as moist, so it won’t move as much.
Since a specific area of the soil is more moist and therefore moving more, the foundation can begin to heave in that area, and eventually crack.
For example say the pipe break was in the back of the home and the soil was very moist in the back, but more dry at the front of the home. Since the back is more most, the soil may begin to rise or heave, causing foundation problems.
Here is a list of common signs of foundation problems, that will help you determine what condition your foundation is in.
If you believe you have a plumbing leak, you should call us immediately so we can determine if there is a leak, locate it and repair the leak. Waiting can only make the problem worse and the repair costs more.
Plumbing leaks aren’t always obvious, but if you notice one section along the side of your home is often more moist than other areas or if you notice moist areas on the interior of your home, you should have us perform a FREE estimate of your situation.