If you own a home constructed on a concrete slab foundation, you are well aware that slab leaks can be disastrous. These are leaking water lines that run under your home’s foundation. They can be tough to locate and repair. So homeowners tend to go on high alert when they think a slab leak could be hidden under their home’s foundation.
But it is also essential for homeowners to understand that there are a few everyday situations that can mimic some of the tell-tale signs of a slab leak. And by knowing these false-positive indicators, you can save yourself a massive amount of stress and worry. In most cases, the tip-off is a high water bill. And any time you are not sure you have fallen for one of the false indications of a slab leak, it is always better to be safe than sorry. Call (866) 619-7063 for a visit from a Leak1 Leak Detection slab leak detection specialist to check for a leak.
Mistake Number 1- The Running Toilet
When you find that your water bill has suddenly skyrocketed, you are sure to go looking for leaks under your sinks and around your home. But what you might not hear is a slight leak in your toilet fill valve. The sound could be very faint, and it might only be sticking open and leaking part of the time. But over the course of a billing period, it could cause your water bill to significantly increase. Carefully inspect each toilet in your home for a stuck fill valve before making the call to schedule a leak detection appointment.
Mistake Number 2- The Running Pool Autofill
The autofill valve in your swimming pool works much like the fill valve in a toilet. And when this valve is stuck, water will continue to flow into your pool. You might be able to see that the water level is too high, but it can take hundreds of gallons of water to raise the water line in a large pool. It is best to get your ear very close to the autofill to hear it continuously running. Or place your hand on the valve to feel the water flowing through it to determine if it is stuck.
Mistake Number 3- Malfunctioning Water Filtration System
Many water filtration systems are designed to activate an auto-clean function from time to time. And these typically are scheduled to take place at night. If your system is malfunctioning, it could be flushing every night or even getting stuck and washing all night. But you are not aware of the issue. Check the unit for constant cleaning and unplug it if you think there is an issue.
Mistake Number 4- Leaking Main Water Supply Line
The water supply line for your home runs from the city water main to your house. And this line is always under pressure. So if it develops a small leak, it can lose a substantial amount of water and make your water bill jump unexpectedly. In most cases, you will be able to locate a significantly wet area in your yard where the line is leaking.
Mistake Number 5- Leaking Irrigation Valve
When an irrigation valve has a tiny piece of debris stuck in the diaphragm, water will continuously trickle from the drip emitters or sprinkler heads and waste a massive amount of water. This could be the cause of your high water bill. Explore your yard for leaking valves before deciding to call (866) 619-7063 to schedule a visit from the Leak1 Leak Detection slab leak detection team.