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Slab vs. Pinhole Leaks: What’s Worse?

leak-in-pipeA leak is a leak, right? They are problematic and if left unaddressed for too long they can cause some serious problems for your home. While this isn’t false not all leaks are created equal. While the team at Sweetwater Plumbing is able to provide leak repairs for all kinds of leaks around here, we do want to make sure you are informed about the impact that different types of leaks can have.

Let us ask you this: what is worse, having to replace drywall and flooring or having to replace your home’s foundation? Neither is a good situation, to be honest. Here is how to tell what type of leak you have on your hands so you know to contact a Riverside plumber ASAP.

Identifying a Pinhole Leak

Here’s the thing, both a “regular” leak and a slab leak can be classified as pinhole leaks. These leaks can be created by regular wear and tear over time, weakening due to age, or even the impact of a small stone or land shifting causing problems for your pipes.

So how do you know that you have a  leak on your hands? Here are a few signs to watch for:

  • Reduced water pressure: When there is a leak in one of your pipes, it may impact the pressure of the water that you can get from your taps or your showerhead. This is because some of that water will be escaping from the leak.
  • The smell of mold or mildew: When there is a leak in your home, even a somewhat small one, it can create an environment that is ideal for the growth of mold or mildew. You may pick up on either the visual presence of mold or the somewhat ripe smell it gives off.
  • The signs of running water: Do you hear water running through your home without a reason for it? Or maybe you’ve noticed that your water meter never seems to be at rest. These are signs that there is a draw for water somewhere in your home even if it isn’t one of your taps–and it is probably a leak!

 

The Special Case of a Slab Leak

Like we said, pretty much all leaks are pinhole leaks. However, a slab leak is a little different than one that is in your walls or behind your sink. Slab leaks can be harder to detect which is part of what makes them so dangerous–the longer they are left unaddressed, the more likely they are to create major trouble.

Slab leaks have their name because they are under the slab that makes the foundation of your home. This means that they have the ability to create cracks in that foundation if they aren’t caught in time.

Whether you have a slab leak or a pinhole leak in your home, the response should be the same: contact a professional plumber on our team as soon as you can!

We don’t charge by the hour, We charge by the job! Contact Sweetwater Plumbing to schedule your repairs.

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