Plumbing tests are used to to check for domestic and sewer line plumbing leaks because plumbing leaks can affect your foundation. During the summer months when foundations tend to shift and crack due to shifting soils, it is particularly important to check for any signs of plumbing leaks because they are often the causes of foundation problems.
How To Know If You Have A Slab Leak
Property owners often discover cracks and suspect leaks in their foundations. While there are many signs of plumbing leaks, there are three primary indicators to look for if you suspect a leak:
(1) your water bill is unusually high
(2) the pinwheel on your water meter continues to spin even though all the water in your house is turned off and
(3) particular areas in or around your house (especially in the grassy areas outside of bathrooms, near tubs and toilets) are wet. If you notice that grass outside of one of your bathrooms is exceptionally green, this may indicate that you have a plumbing leak. Or, if you notice that your carpet or flooring in a certain area of your home feels damp, this could also be a sign of a plumbing leak that is allowing moisture to seep into your foundation. The moisture will rise to the top of your foundation. These are prime examples of how plumbing leaks can cause the need for foundation work.
Can A Slab Leak Cause Foundation Problems?
Yes, a slab leak can cause foundation problems. Excessive moisture in and around your house can actually create the need for home foundation repair. When soil becomes too moist it causes the ground around your home to expand and this can lead to foundation issues, especially in the warmer months when the heat is also causing the ground to shrink. The expanding and contacting of the ground causes the soil and foundation to shift, and this can lead to trouble. If this is happening to you, you should have a plumbing test right away.
What Does A Plumbing Test Cost?
The cost of plumbing tests ranges from $150-$350, depending upon how in-depth the plumbing tests are. Also, if you are preparing to have foundation work, you will want to make sure that a plumbing test is completed after your foundation is lifted. That’s because you want to make sure it did not break during the lifting process. In the event that you do need to have your plumbing fixed the professional plumbing company can tunnel under your home to fix the problem. Or, if necessary, will penetrate your foundation using a jackhammer. This is a messy process and one that should be avoided if possible.
If you think you have plumbing leaks and need tests or foundation repair, schedule a free estimate online, or just call.