Water Leaks Under Your Home’s Foundation
Homes in North Texas are either built on a concrete base – known as the foundation or slab – or a pier and beam style support system. If you have gaps between the floor of your home and the soil beneath, you probably have a pier and beam foundation.
For homes built on a concrete slab, since the soil here in North Texas has a very high clay content, we are very prone to having a water leak under the foundation.
The reason for concern is that the soil acts like a sponge – collecting water during periods of heavy rainfall and losing moisture due to evaporation during the long hot summer months.
This continual expansion and contraction of the soil has the effect of raising and lowering your entire house by fractions of an inch. Over time, this continued movement stresses the water and sewer lines that run under the house. If the water lines run very close to the lower side of the concrete, sharp edges could force a tiny hole into the water pipes.
You may have a few neighbors who have experienced this unfortunate event – it’s not IF it will happen to you, it’s WHEN it will happen.
Why Do We Get So Many Slab Leaks in Kaufman County?
Forney is the “Antique Capital of Texas.” It’s fun to shop and explore the treasures here! However, the average age for homes in our area is 13 years—which is fairly new, in real estate years. There are two plumbing sides to every home; a “pressure” side and a “drainage” side. Most slab leaks occur on the pressure side of newer homes.
Our soil deals with more moisture than most. We get so many slab leaks in Kaufman County because we have heavy amounts of clay in our soil. Forney weather extremes cause the clay to expand and contract. This soil-shifting and moisture lead to problems in the pipes under your foundation. Plus, older North Texas homes may have copper pipes installed underground, which can corrode over time.
Concrete slab leaks must be repaired quickly.
If there’s an unexplained increase in water use and your monthly bill is higher than usual, check for a leak by examining your water meter:
- Turn off all inside and outside faucets and the washing machine, dishwasher, etc.
- Make sure toilets aren’t running and faucets aren’t dripping.
- Remove the water meter cover. If you see movement on the dial, it might not be a slab leak, but there’s a water problem somewhere.
Any floor bulges or damp flooring inside your home could indicate a slab leak. Unexpected warmth on your floor or the sound of water dripping means you may have a slab leak or plumbing issue.
Another foundation problem that can pose a serious health threat to you and your loved ones is a sewer leak. If you smell sewage anywhere in the house, contact your Kaufman County plumber immediately.
Leaks can occur in different areas of plumbing through the house. Leaks in the sewer lines are harder to detect since there is a lower pressure. This can still be detected with professional equipment.
Slab leak detection is done at Staggs Plumbing by using a hydrostatic pressure testing device, which tests even the slightest discrepancy in water pressure. This machine also allows the professionals to determine where exactly this leak is coming from.
A 2,000 sq. ft. home typically uses 300 linear feet of pipe under the foundation. 300 feet of piping can seem like a lot. So when any serious issues start to happen, a professional is the only person to call. They can ensure the issue is repaired correctly and effectively.
Do you plan on selling your home at any point? If you are selling your home, a slab leak detected by the inspector will knock off thousands of dollars in value. To prevent this situation in the future, become educated and proactive on your home’s maintenance.
If your home is located in this region of Texas and you notice wet patches on your floor, please get in touch with us ASAP before the problem gets out of hand.
Slab Leak Repair in North Texas
Slab leak repairs can be:
- Inside – We dig a hole through flooring and into the foundation. (This process is inconvenient and messy, so we try to work fast.)
- Outside – We tunnel under the foundation. This is less intrusive but more labor-intensive, so it may cost more. We’ll work with you to keep out-of-pocket expenses to a minimum.
Insurance Coverage for Water Leaks Under Your Foundation
Homeowners insurance can be overwhelming if you do not understand your coverage areas. Make sure your homeowners insurance policy covers slab leak detection as well as flooring damage caused by water. Most insurance companies will cover finding the slab leak; however, not all will cover the repairs of having this type of malfunction.
Homeowners insurance may cover the cost to replace or repair flooring damaged by water leaks as a result of a slab leak. It is of the utmost important that you know and understand your insurance coverage in disasters like this.
Using a licensed professional in these situations is absolutely necessary. Staggs Plumbing has over 20 years of experience fixing slab leaks and working with your insurance company. From the first phone call to the final day, Staggs Plumbing can take care of your home and repair any damage properly, safely, and effectively.
Education and Experience for 21st Century Plumbing
Technology has impacted the plumbing industry, so it’s important your local plumbing pros receive continuing education and training. But experience and longevity are important too.
You want a professional plumbing company providing superior customer service. You also need a local plumbing company that will be here now and for years to come.
Regular plumbing maintenance is a good investment. But if you’re buying or selling a home that doesn’t pass inspection due to foundation problems, it can be stressful and expensive.
- Have a professional foundation assessment before listing your home or before buying a home.
- If there’s an issue, perhaps the seller’s homeowners insurance will cover the repair. If not, the repair costs will be a price negotiation tool.
Everyone was very professional and did their best to accommodate any requests we had. They can in to fix a leaky kitchen sink and ended up helping us with 2 faucets, our tub, and a toilet handle. April and Nick were awesome!Aurora B.