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Concrete Leak Detection

How To Detect Leaks Under Concrete

While this type of concrete damage is an unlikely scenario, and so is the terrifying prospect of being swallowed by a sinkhole that suddenly shows up in your own home, concrete damage is an all too common occurrence. So what are the danger signs? And how can it be repaired, or better yet, stopped before it can even begin? Leak prevention in concrete structures is one of the hallmarks of good plumbing.

Concrete isn’t as solid as you might think. It contains thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of tiny spaces in between the actual concrete, most notably pores that can allow outside substances to enter. In the majority of instances, it’s simple water that makes its way into the concrete, weakening the structure of the concrete from the inside. It’s far more of an issue for those who are lucky enough to live close to the ocean since saltwater is far more corrosive to concrete than plain old simple water.

You Should Leave It To The Professionals

While some of us might think of ourselves as masters of home improvement, laying concrete is probably something that should be left to trained professionals. Most times, poor quality installation, from the mixing of the concrete, to actually pouring it into place, can be the source for concrete making it susceptible to damage, and is more likely to let more water into the structure.

Don’t Let It Sit

While concrete degradation is a slow process, by the time you really notice it, repairing the damage might already be a difficult and expensive process. But how can you detect a water leak under concrete?

If the concrete is already at the point of breaking up, then it might be time to say goodbye, and resign yourself to the fact that the structure will need to be replaced. The trick is to look for the warning signs before it gets to this stage.

Most Of The Time, It’s Obvious

Sometimes, as in many fictional scenarios, the water damage culprit can be located quite easily, if there’s a leaking faucet or any other kind of water source that leaks onto or around the concrete outside your home. Most of the time, it’s not so obvious. If you do have a leaking faucet outside, it’s a really good idea to fix it as soon as possible.

Other Signs To Look Out For

It’s not only the concrete paths and patios that you need to look out for since many homes have concrete-walled basements. Water stains that run downwards from the basement ceiling require the services of a professional plumber who can easily and expertly detect a water leak under concrete, or above it, as the case might be. Also, look out for small imperfections that grow larger. These rough patches are just the surface and might mean there’s more cracking underneath, which has allowed water inside.

Our plumbing professionals here at My Plumbing Lake Oswego have decades of experience under their belts and we assure you that our services are second to none.

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