Burst pipes can happen because of low temperature around the pipes that lead to freezing which gives too much pressure so the pipes burst. But that is not the only thing that can cause a pipe burst or leak. Other reasons such as rust, poor installation, and physical damage to the pipe can form a hole on it that has the ability to damage the wall, ruin flooring and other damages that cost you a fortune to repair. Troubleshooting the cause and recognizing the signs can help you stop the leak before it turns to a bigger and more complicated issue.
What signs do you need to pay attention to?
- The change in water pressure
A decrease in the water pressure can be caused by a formed hole in the pipe resulting in less water that comes through the faucets, whether it’s sink or shower. Having low water pressure will increase the chance of clogging in the toilet because the water does not have enough pressure to push everything down the drain. Freezing can be caused by a sudden drop of temperature forming a leak somewhere in the system preventing water to come out of the faucet.
- Water Marks
Behind the drywall is where your pipes lay. Visible marks or dampness on the drywall is one of the signs of a leaking pipe. For multi-story homes or buildings, leaking pipes can create marks or dampness on the ceiling or worse, water leaking from the ceiling since the pipes running to upstairs sinks, toilets or showers/baths. Seeing the marks or dampness can help you locate where the leak is. To fix the leak, you may need to remove the drywall or ceiling, depends on the location, to get to the damaged pipe.
- Water Discoloration and Odors
The change of colour of the water that comes out of the faucets can be a sign of possible leak you are facing or may face soon. Colour can be brownish which comes from the rest of the pipe that causes the leak. The disgusting or foul smell can also occur when there is a pipe leak from the difficulty to push sewage and wastewater out of your home into the mainline.
- Strange sounds
Unusual sounds that come from any plumbing system can indicate a possible broken pipe. The sounds might sound like bubbling or even whistling. When there is the air that gets in the sewer line from the leak, bubbling is most likely to happen. On the other hand, the dent on the pipes can make whistling sound from the water fitting through the constricted section. Dripping sound can actually be heard within the walls or faucet even when you turn it off, which means a leak has already happened.
Pipe leakages are difficult to detect. It can go for a long period of time until it’s noticed. Leakage of the pipes can cause a dramatic increase in your water usage and bills to become more expensive. You may want to do a frequent check-up to see if you have any leakages in your plumbing, especially during season changes to avoid plumbing issues to take place.
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