Winter is on the way putting your home at higher risk of a burst water pipe. But how do you know if you have a burst pipe and what are the signs that you should be looking out for?
1. Drips And Leaks
Walk around your house and look for any drips or leaks on the walls, ceiling and even floors. Dripping water where it does not belong is a clear sign that a pipe has burst.
2. Standing Water And Water Marks
Water puddles or pools are another clear sign that a pipe may have burst. However this type of standing water is normally accompanied by visible dripping or water running down the walls or leaking from the ceiling. Also look for discoloration on the ceiling, walls or floor that could be caused by water. Even if these marks are dry, it may be a sign that a pipe has sprung a leak or burst.
3. Dirty, Smelly Water
Run all the taps in the house one-by-one and flush the toilets. If the running water is not clear or appears dirty or discolored, it could be due to a burst pipe. Water that has a foul or unpleasant odor may also be a sign of a burst pipe. Running tap water should always be clear and fresh.
4. Water Pressure
While running all the taps and flushing all the toilets, check the water pressure. If there is no water when a tap has been turned on or the water just trickles, it may be due to a frozen water pipe or a pipe that has already burst. If the water pressure is simply lower than what you are used to getting, this is also a sign that you should be concerned about. Either way, it is best to call in a plumber as soon as possible to assess the problem and resolve it.
5. Groaning, Banging And Clanging
Strange noises when you turn on the taps or flush are clear signs that all is not well with your water pipes. The sounds could be the result of freezing, a leak or a water pipe that has burst. If you can’t see a drip but can hear one inside the walls, this is probably the result of a leak or burst pipe.
If you notice any of the above signs, it is essential to call Trenchless Pipe Repair immediately. It is also advisable to have your pipes inspected before winter arrives and get valuable hints and tips to avoid frozen and burst pipes.