Foundation leaks often times work hand in hand with foundation settlement. A foundation leak is described as a plumbing leak that is present underneath the foundation of a structure. As you learned in the Foundation Repair section, the unstable soils that are found here in the Central Texas region and the Houston Metro cause foundations to settle, however, at times a foundation leak may be present causing the foundation to heave or become unstable which may result in potential structural damage.
Heaving of the foundation is a very common sign of an active leak beneath the structure. Too much moisture becomes trapped underneath the foundation leading the expansion soil to swell and push upwards causing the structure to be compromised. This movement often results in a hump forming in the foundation. Other signs that a leak may be present are moisture in the walls or beneath the floors, low water pressure, sinks, tubs, and/or toilets backing up in which water is not draining properly or drains very slowly. These signs are all big indicators of an active foundation leak or plumbing leak.
Although plumbing and foundation leaks may lead to foundation movement, the leak doesn’t always come first. It is not uncommon for a leak to arise due to a foundation settlement issue. When a foundation endures settlement, it is always possible that the plumbing lines will be compromised, in which case producing a plumbing leak or plumbing break. The reasoning, with slab foundations, is that the concrete slab will settle which leads to the slab pushing against the plumbing pipes that run beneath the foundation. Once the pipes are subjected to the pressure from the slab, often times they will reach a point of breaking.
Foundation leaks, or plumbing leaks, are detrimental to the foundation including the structural status of the foundation; however, these leaks can also result in other issues such as too much moisture or mold and mildew inside of the walls producing harmful air quality for you and your family to live in. Plumbing leaks beneath a pier and beam foundation may lead to rotting of the beams, joists, and even the subfloors which provokes weakening of the structure and catastrophic damage if not handled properly, and most importantly in a timely manner.
Not only are we your go-to expert for foundation repair; FiveStar Foundation & Construction leads the industry in foundation leak detection and plumbing repair. All of our crew members are tunneling pros. We can tunnel under any slab foundation to gain access to the plumbing problem. We will excavate the tunnel while ensuring to properly support the foundation in the process. All necessary precautions will be taken during the tunnel excavation to securing the safety of all those on-site.
Our crew of experts can repair your foundation, detect your foundation leak, and repair the plumbing, resolving all areas of concern at one time. FiveStar Foundation & Construction is one of the few foundation repair companies that also addresses plumbing dilemmas. If your foundation repair contractor doesn’t further specialize in plumbing repairs- you’ll be forced to find another contractor to address the plumbing obstacle after your foundation repair contractor has closed their worksite. When the second contractor is then able to tend to the matter, they will have to re-open the areas of concern in which you will accrue additional costs. Consequently, you're faced with the hassle and stress of finding an additional contractor, additional time that your home is being worked on, and additional money spent on a second repair project.
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