How Slab Leaks Can Lead to Mold Problems

Water leaks are serious home plumbing problems — especially when they occur underneath your home’s foundation. These leaks, known as slab leaks, can cause water to seep into your home. You may find yourself with waterlogged floors, musty smells, and mold growing inside your floors and drywall. This isn’t just a problem for the structural integrity of your home, but also for the health and safety of your family.

What Are Slab Leaks?

A slab leak refers to a leak that has developed in the plumbing pipes the run below the concrete foundation of your home. Since these leaks are not visible to the naked eye, it’s important that you know the signs and take preventative measures to keep leaks from occurring and causing mold and moisture to buildup in your home. Even a minor leak can cause mold growth under the “right” conditions.

How to Identify Mold At Home:

It’s important that you know how to identify the signs of mold early on, so that you can limit growth and address your slab leak problem ASAP. Here are a few signs to keep an eye out for:

  • Stains on the walls or ceilings.
  • Musty or damp smells.
  • Changes in your home water pressure.
  • A higher than normal water bill.

How Can You Prevent Mold Growth?

Fortunately, there are things that you can do to prevent mold growth at home. In addition to knowing the signs and symptoms of a slab leak, you should also have your home’s foundation inspected for water leaks. You should also make sure that you have proper airflow in your home — especially in the basement and attic.

You’ll want to avoid DIY slab leak repairs and hire a professional, like the technicians here at Barker & Sons Plumbing & Rooter, to fix your slab leak.  We can help you detect and repair sneaky slab leaks. Visit our website to learn more about our plumbing services or give us a call directly at 714-630-8766 to schedule an appointment.