Puddles may be fun to jump in, just not inside the house or in the yard. While there are a few potential causes for these puddles, you’ll need to take extra care if they begin to appear in unusual places. The problem could main water line leaks, or worse, a slab leak. Here’s a quick guide on figuring out the problem.
Diagnosing Puddle Problems
Inside the house, there are numerous potential causes for puddles. You’ll want to pay special attention to where the water is coming from. If the leak originates from the walls, you could have a problem with a busted wall pipe or damaged roof. Roof inspections can easily confirm or rule out the latter.
For any leaks on the floors, start by ruling out any nearby water fixtures or appliances. Many hectic leak calls end in water heater repair or toilet maintenance. Should the water be emanating from the ground, you could have a serious slab leak on your hands. If that’s the case, you’ll want to call a local plumber as quickly as possible, and have the water shut off.
Determining the cause of a leak is much simpler when the problem is outside. The two usual suspects are your main water line and your sewer line. Clogged sewer lines are most common. Clogs may arise due to a number of factors including:
- Mineral Deposits
- Tree Roots
- Shifting Ground
- Non-flushable Trash
How to Repair a Main Water Line Leak
Main water line leaks are just as bothersome to deal with. You’ll likely need to turn off the water supply, but don’t start digging up the yard. Nowadays, your trusty plumber has modern detection tools, such as plumbing cameras, to find the exact spot of the leak. After that, it’s usually just a matter of digging up a small section and repairing or replacing the pipe.