Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Slab Leaks in the Winter

Slab leaks are common in the summer.  They can occur in the winter, too.  Many people expect them to be more common in the winter.  Freezing is not so much of a problem when the lines are properly buried.  In the cold states more prone to freezing this means at least 36 inches, and sometimes 48 inches.  When properly buried, the lines are much less likely to freeze underground.  Spring and fall seem to be the most common time for slab leaks in deeply buried lines.  As the weather gets hot then cold, cold then hot, the lines expand and contract.  Not enough to freeze, but enough to finally wear through where a bit of corrosion has weakened the line.  In warmer climates, where lines may be buried as little as six inches deep a cold spell can cause the lines to burst much more easily.  Of course, if the lines are buried under little more than six inches of soil, the leaks are often fairly easy to find.  In the cold weather climates, leaks can often find their way to the ground water, around the foundation of the home or even can follow sewer lines and drain so that the water never surfaces.  In this case, it is best to call someone who can help to find the leak and help to get it repaired.   United Leak Detection can help with finding the leak and providing repair options.  We work with thousands of homeowners who have had the same problems as you might be, and have helped them navigate the ins and outs of getting a troublesome slab leak repaired.



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