Has your water bill been rising mysteriously? Have you tried conserving water, only to find that your usage seems to be staying the same? Before you give up in despair, your problem may stem from a broken pipe under your foundation. Unlike a broken pipe in your walls, a leak under your foundation isn't always immediately obvious. Here are some other signs that you should look for:
Puzzling warm spots: If you come home from work and notice a warm spot on the floor, it could have a variety of causes. Perhaps the sunlight has shifted and is heating up your floor while you're away. Or maybe your big dog has found a new favorite place to nap when you're not home. But if you've tried to come up with a simple reason for the hot spot and you couldn't figure it out, it could be caused by a broken hot water pipe under your foundation slab.
The break could be directly under the hot spot, or it could be several feet away and pooling under the spot that feels warm. You may be tempted to rent a jackhammer and find the leak yourself, but a professional can trace the leak without carving numerous holes in your floor. In addition, your homeowner's insurance may cover the cost of a professional plumber repairing the broken pipe, but it may not cover work that you do yourself.
Unusual smells: Have you noticed that your carpet doesn't smell fresh, even right after it's been vacuumed? It could be building up mold or mildew as water accumulates near a pinhole leak in the pipes under your foundation slab. You may think that a broken pipe means gushing water all over the place, but it can start out as a tiny hole that is so small that it doesn't cause a noticeable increase in your water bill. By the time your water bill starts to show the strain, you may have had a broken pipe under your home for some time.
The mold that grows because of the leaking water can cause respiratory issues as you and your family inhale the spores over an extended time. The mold and seeping water can also cause rotting and damage your home's supporting structures. If you detect a musty smell in your home, a specialist can find the source of the leak and advise you on the best way to deal with the issue.
Increased insect activity: If you have a sudden increase in insects inside your home, the cause may be traced to a broken pipe under your foundation slab. Some insects, such as cockroaches or termites, may be attracted the scent of wood or dead roots that are now rotting as a result of the excess moisture. On the other hand, ants may have been living unnoticed under your home for some time. Now that water is flooding their nest, they may be climbing up into your house in search of new food sources and living quarters. Contact a company like Accutech Restoration for more information.