Why Is My Floor Wet?

Why Is My Floor Wet?

You’re walking through your house when suddenly the floor beneath your feet feels damp, chilly, and annoyingly leaves your socks all wet. But wait a minute… there’s no faucet or fixture anywhere around. Why is the floor in the middle of your living room soggy like your lawn after a fresh rain?

Unless you have children who have spilled something and hesitated to tell you, the answer is unfortunately not usually a good thing: this usually indicates the presence of a slab leak. When your home is constructed, plumbing lines are usually run through the foundation, and are then cemented into place when concrete is poured to form the slab the house is built on. If you have an older home constructed with galvanized steel plumbing, a slab leak can form purely over time as your pipes corrode, but there are other causes as well, like foundation shifting or earthquake damage.

Are Slab Leaks Serious?

Yes, very much so. A slab leak can cause potentially catastrophic damage to your home. In mild cases, a slab leak can leave a pesky wet spot in your home, but even this is bad news. The constant moisture and organic matter in your flooring can cause mold colonies to take root and spread quickly.

In more serious cases, these leaks can wreak havoc on your foundation itself. A large leak can saturate the soil beneath your slab, causing it to wash away and leave a void that could cause the foundation to crack and collapse. It could also cause clay-based soil to expand and create a bulge, also causing your foundation to crack and break apart. None of these things are good.

How Do I Repair a Slab Leak?

Repairing a slab leak starts with determining where the leak is. This may seem like searching for a needle in a haystack, considering the hundreds of feet of plumbing running through your home and several inches of concrete cover your pipes. However, the expert Simi Valley plumbers at Dutton Plumbing have the tools and training to locate your leak quickly and figure out the best plan of attack to resolve it.

Running a New Line

In some cases, our plumbers can run what’s known as a “delete,” which essentially deletes the damaged line from the rest of your plumbing system. This is done by locating where the line both enters and exits your slab, cutting the pipe, and attaching a new one that instead runs through a different route, like up through your ceiling. This is generally the preferred way of handling things if we can because it doesn’t involve destroying your flooring or cutting into your slab in order to stop the leak.

Fixing the Damaged Line

If the line can’t be deleted, then we may have to go in and fix the damaged pipe itself. This may involve digging into your slab where the leak is located and sealing it or otherwise replacing that section of pipe with a new segment. This is generally a much costlier and more time-consuming method, but there are some instances where it’s the only viable option.

If you suspect you have a slab leak, Dutton Plumbing can help you resolve your issue! Call us at (844) 811-5449 for a plumbing inspection today.

Recommended Reading:

What Can We Help You With?  Solving problems in hours, not days!

Take Advantage of Current Offers!

/

Your Mom Deserves the Best

  • We're There in 60 Minutes or Less

    We'll be there to solve your problem in 60 minutes or less for emergency services. 5-star service that's faster than our competition.

  • The Best Service

    Our technicians are drug tested and screened, wear booties to protect your home, are knowledgeable, dependable, and come ready to work. Customer service is our number one priority.

  • The Best Deal in Town

    Charging by the job and not by the hour! We take pride in providing professional and affordable plumbing services to our local families and businesses.

  • Satisfaction Guaranteed

    We're committed to delivering complete customer satisfaction with every job. If you aren’t happy with any of our services or our products, we’ll make things right.

Hear from Our Happy Customers

    Excellent timely service & friendly professional plumbers

    - Tom Fowler

    Armando was wonderful! I want Armando to be my plumber from now on!

    - Satisfied Customer

    Matt D. He was so professional, kind and skilled. The whole neighborhood was very impressed with his whole appearance and professionalism.

    - Satisfied Customer

    We thank you for your good service and polite workers.

    - Happy Customer

    Your technician, Oscar, was PROFESSIONAL, HONEST and TRUSTWORTHY. I will request Oscar for any future plumbing issues. I have now found a plumbing company I feel I can trust.

    - Happy Customer
/

Contact Dutton Today

Fill out the form below, or call us at (844) 811-5449 to schedule your plumbing service with us.

  • Please enter your first name.
  • Please enter your last name.
  • Please enter your phone number.
    This isn't a valid phone number.
  • Please enter your email address.
    This isn't a valid email address.
  • Please make a selection.
  • Please enter a message.