What Causes Water Leaks?

This is the most common question we get from customers.  “What causes water leaks?”  It’s extremely difficult to pin point a direct cause for every slab leak, but here are a few reasons why your copper piping system may have failed you.

Shifting Foundation

Foundations in North Texas are constantly shifting.  As your foundation settles, copper pipes that run through your concrete slab or concrete piers can be bent, broken, or punctured.  These are the most common type of slab leaks that we come across.

Slab Leak Repair in Dallas / Ft. Worth, Texas.
Here’s an example of a slab leak that was most likely caused by a shifting foundation.  Courtesy of theplumbingdoctoronline.com

Electrolysis(Dissimilar Metal Corrosion)

This is also a very common occurrence in North Texas, especially in homes that are near flood plains.  When chemicals in the soil react negatively with the copper piping system, they can cause pin-hole size leaks that are capable of leaking 100’s of gallons per day.  Here’s a detailed explanation on Electrolysis.

As you can see, a pin-hole size leak can cause a significant loss of fresh water.
As you can see, a pin-hole size leak can cause significant loss of fresh water. Courtesy of Mathis Plumbing Heating & Air.

Water Pressure & Bad Installs

Over time, high water pressure can cause corrosion from the inside out.  Poor copper pipe installs can leave kinks in the line, and when high water pressure flows over these kinks, it can cause corrosion.

A prime example of a poor installation.
A prime example of a poor installation.

There are more uncommon causes to slab leaks that I’ll mention in a later post.

If you believe you have a slab leak and are located in the Dallas, Ft. Worth Metroplex, call us today.  214-221-8370

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