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Locating burst pipes in your home can be more challenging than it may seem.

While a huge water leak is taken to be an initial sign, it won’t be visible when the damage is present in an underground or internal pipe. Hence, in many instances, homeowners are already too late and have to pay a lot to fix the damages caused by the burst pipe.

However, by being a bit more careful, you can figure out whenever there’s a burst pipe to fix the issue while there is still time to repair it. From hearing dripping sounds to noticing standing water - identifying the plumbing problem early can save you from costly further damage and repairs. So, to make detecting a burst pipe easier, we’ve highlighted seven tell-tale signs often pointing to its presence.

So, let’s check them out!

White Pipe Leaking Water

7 Signs You May Have A Burst Pipe

1. Fluctuating Water Pressure

One of the first signs that point towards the probability of a burst pipe in your home is fluctuations in water pressure. At times, your faucet may fail to provide any water, while at other times, it might shoot out water at extremely high pressure. However, in most instances where there is significant damage, the water pressure turns into a dribble.

2. Discoloured And Smelly Water

Another sign of a burst pipe is when the faucets discharge smelly or brown-coloured water that smells like rotten eggs. This is especially noticeable in old homes that use metal pipes as they’re prone to get rusted after developing cracks. As a result, the water flowing through the pipes catches the rust sediments and looks dirty. Burst pipes are also exposed to dirt, bacteria and other contaminants, making the water smell.

In some cases, water flowing through a busted water pipe can pose a health risk as it can get contaminated by hydrogen sulphide, a substance in leaking sewage. You can detect its presence by the smell of the rotten egg in the water.

Petrie Dish Rusted Water Bacteria

3. Clanging Or Dripping Noises Coming From The Walls

If you suddenly hear a clanging or dripping noise inside the walls, it can signify a burst pipe. The fluctuating water pressure inside the pipes usually causes these odd and mysterious sounds.

Some people also hear a whistling sound created when the water has to move through a narrow space in the damaged pipes. One way to confirm the issue is to turn off all faucets in your home and then listen for the clanging, dripping, or whistling noise. Also known as water hammer, this loud sound often indicates high water pressure and can burst your pipes.

4. Presence Of Mould

Have you recently noticed mould in parts of your home? It may be a vital sign of leaking water from a burst pipe. The mould or mildew growth is most evident on the walls and ceilings when leaking pipes cause it.

If you’re living in a house with an old plumbing system, try inspecting the area with full pipelines. When you notice large wet spots, large-scale condensation or a prolific mould infestation, it’s a good time to contact a professional plumber. Also, note that spaces with mould often have a musty smell.

Mould Forming Corner Wall

5. Water Marks On Walls

If the burst pipe is relatively new, mould can take some time to grow, especially if you have a well-ventilated home. However, you can still figure out the problem by closely observing the walls since water seeps through the walls and creates wet spots that discolour the paint.

Initially, the walls and ceilings of the affected area of your home may look a bit yellowish or brownish. Consult a professional to verify your doubts and avoid major plumbing-related problems in the future.

Note that the parts of your property with water damage will need renovation to ensure that it doesn’t lead to mould and mildew.

6. Puddles Under Sinks Or Toilets

A burst or broken pipe system, such as sinks and toilets, might be more noticeable in some situations. Unlike the water pipes inside the walls, these cause immediate damage by flooding your home, especially when there’s a major leak. If the burst water supply pipe is in the underground system or sewer lines, you might notice wet spots in your yard.

When you encounter such a problem, turn off the water and electricity from the main source and call an emergency plumber as soon as possible.

7. Hefty Water Bills

Have you noticed a rise in your water bill? One of the sure-shot signs of something being wrong with the plumbing system is a significant hike in your water bill. If you’re sure about the regular water consumption, tally the recent bill with earlier ones to calculate the discrepancy.

Having said that, high water bills might be caused by other issues in the plumbing system, like a leaky faucet or toilet. So, contacting a professional plumber will help determine if there’s a burst pipe.

Burst Pipe Signs–Detected!

As you might have guessed, burst pipes can wreak havoc in your home if not handled on time. Additionally, in most households, several of the signs mentioned above are visible when there’s a burst pipe. So, we recommend contacting a local emergency plumbing service provider as early as possible.

Apart from repairing and replacing burst pipes, experienced and professional plumbers can warn you about what might have caused the damage. And get your plumbing system checked by plumbers regularly so any issues can be detected soon. And if you are in Perth, contact our team at Woolf Plumbing & Gas. We offer unbeatable plumbing services and can repair your burst or leaking pipe in no time!

After reading our blog, you should better understand how to find burst pipes, what causes them, and how to fix them. If you still have questions or need more information, check out our other blog resources!

Ashley Woolf

Ashley Woolf

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