Underground water leaks in pipes at your North Carolina home could result in more than an excessive water bill. It could also be harming your health.
When broken pipes result in a foundation leak, the moisture can also cause the growth of toxic mold inside the house, leading to serious health problems for you and your family.
◎ Signs & Symptoms of Underground Water Leaks ◎
Leaks under a slab or behind a foundation or basement wall can go undetected for a long time. You may notice your water bill is higher than it used to be. However, if you don’t see water pouring out somewhere, you may not realize what is going on.
When soil stays moist behind a foundation or under a slab, the moisture eventually makes its way to the surface of the concrete inside the home or basement. Wet surfaces exposed to air are a perfect breeding place for toxic molds and mildews.
If you have a carpet or wooden flooring over the moist concrete, mold and mildew can set in long before you ever see signs of water on the surface.
Common signs of broken pipes and underground water leaks include:
• Effervescence: a white powder forming on the exposed surface of the concrete
• Warped wooden flooring or linoleum over a slab
• Mildew on the drywall in basement rooms
• Cracks in concrete slabs or tile
• Odors in rugs and carpets from mold or mildew
• Discoloration on baseboards
• Low water pressure
• Damp carpets or water stains on the floor
• Unexplained sounds of running water
In many cases, undetected underground water leaks do not result in visible pools of water. You need to look for these more subtle signs to identify the problem.
◎ Toxic Molds & Underground Water Leaks ◎
If your home has undetected water leaks, this could result in the growth of toxic mold and mildew inside your home, affecting your family’s health.
Not all molds and mildews are toxic, but some types of these fungal organisms can cause significant health problems, especially for children, the elderly, and people with lowered immunity.
The most common symptoms of exposure to toxic mold are:
• Persistent allergies
• Skin rashes
• Watery or irritated eyes
If someone in your family suffers from one or more of these symptoms, the source of the problem could be toxic mold growth from undetected underground water leaks.
If you have an unexpectedly high water bill and you see signs of mold or mildew, Leak Locators can help you solve both problems.
If toxic mold is harming your family, you want to fix the problem at the source. You need a home leak detection expert with the experience and equipment to find and repair the problem as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Leak Locators is the number one home leak detection specialist in North Carolina, finding and fixing all types of sub-surface leaks, including those that lead to toxic mold. Leak Locators also serves clients all over South Carolina and Virginia.
You may be worried that finding a leak under a concrete slab or behind a basement wall involves extensive demolition at a high cost. However, the experts at Leak Locators use high tech equipment and only need to drill a small hole in the concrete to determine precisely where the break is in a pipe.
The experienced professionals at Leak Locators also use advanced equipment for pressure testing your water lines and water meter. This equipment reveals whether or not your home plumbing has an underground leak.
Leak Locators trained experts can pinpoint the source of a leak within a few feet of where the problem is happening. This accuracy allows them to do the minimum amount of digging and demolition to find and repair the leak, saving you money and time to get the problem solved.
Leak Locator technicians then remove only as much concrete as needed to access the leaky pipe and fix it. Leak Locators also employs expert concrete finishers who can skillfully replace the pavement, so it blends into the surrounding area.
After Leak Locators finds and fixes the underground water leak, you can clean up the mold inside your home and feel confident it won’t return.