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Inspect Your Foundation for Slab Leaks

Slab leaks can be some of the most frustrating plumbing problems a Pasadena homeowner can face, and some of the most expensive to fix. That’s because the damage done to a home’s foundation can go undetected for long periods of time, which can be months or even years.

However, once the damage begins to show that means it is severe and will require large amounts of time and money to fix. To ensure slab leaks don’t happen in a Pasadena’s home, there are steps that can be taken to prevent leaks from occurring.

Maintain Correct Water Pressure

When water pressure in a home’s plumbing system is too erratic, it can play havoc with pipes. The constant expanding and contracting, along with the vibrations that occur within the pipes themselves, can lead to rust and corrosion that will ultimately produce cracks or holes in the pipes.

When the pipes are located in the foundation walls or buried underneath the foundation, slab leaks are the result.

Plumbers can inspect pipes for water pressure damage, and can make adjustments to the plumbing system to help maintain correct water pressure levels.

Avoid Using Drain Cleaners

While it’s natural for people to reach for the drain cleaner and pour it down the drain to clear clogs or other debris, they often do not realize the damage they may be doing to the insides of their pipes.

Because drain cleaners contain extremely harsh chemicals that are designed to clear pipes quickly, they can also do lots of damage along the way. If these cleaners are used extensively, pipes can corrode and start to form holes that let water leak directly into the foundation. If this happens, slab leaks can become numerous and very difficult to repair.

Be Concerned About Dark Water

If a home’s water becomes dark, a slab leak is likely the cause. This is due to the pipes becoming rusted from leaking, and can pose quite a few problems for homes and the people living there.

Not only does the damage to the foundation and the pipes need to be fixed, but many times the water cannot be used for drinking or cooking until repairs are made.

To avoid this situation, a plumber should be called to inspect the foundation and its pipes to ensure no rust has built up. By keeping a close eye on this situation, slab leaks and dirty water can be avoided.

Don’t let a slab leak destroy your Pasadena, CA home! Call North Brothers Plumbing at (626) 507-5155 to get it fixed.