What Causes Slab Leak Foundation Damage and How to Fix It

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So you're starting to think you might have a slab leak, but you don't know where to start. If you haven't checked out our signs of a slab leak, follow the link to learn more. Luckily, Texas Green Plumbing is ready to walk you through everything you need to know!

What Comes First?

The age-old question- what comes first, the slab leak or the foundation damage? The truth is, it can happen either way, and it's almost impossible to know for sure which caused which. Because these issues aggravate one another, without addressing them both, you can wind up in a cycle of issues for months or years. So, how do you prevent the cycle and stop the issue from happening?

Foundational Information

First, it's important for you to know a couple of key facts about your foundation. While concrete slabs are used as a foundation for their durability and strength, they're not immovable. In fact, most foundations are made to withstand normal amount of movement, because we know the ground will shift slightly over time. However, excess water underneath the foundation can cause the dirt ground in certain areas to sink lower, which can cause the foundation to shift beyond what it was meant to handle. So, whether the water caused foundational damage, or the foundational damage caused the slab leak, here's what you need to do.

What to Do If You Think You Have a Leak

Here are a few steps we recommend:

  1. Sewer Test (sewer system is what carries water away from house)
  2. Water Test (water system is what carries water into your house)
  3. Address foundation issues before fixing issues with water/sewer lines
  4. Sewer/Water Isolation Testing
  5. Replacing

Once you've resolved any issues with the concrete foundation of your home, and located the source of the water leak, the final step is replacing some or all of the lines. The truth is, this problem is difficult to manage, and very disruptive to everyday life. You don't want to have to do this all over again in a couple of months, which is why most professionals will check all lines, even if they've found what they believe to be the problem, and recommend additional replacements once you replace the faulty section.

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