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How to Tell if You Have a Busted Pipe

6/6/2023 (Permalink)

The most common source of water losses stems from pipes. How it happens and how it is discovered can vary greatly, however. Not all pipes, for better or worse, announce themselves and can leak out slowly over a long period of time. When these leaks go unnoticed, there is an opportunity for secondary damage, like mold, to occur. There are telltale ways of identifying a leak if you know what to look for!

The Warning Signs

  1. Higher Than Normal Water Bills

A stepper bill in the summer is to be expected, with a lot of people watering their lawns more. However, if it is significantly higher-than-average, it may not be because of the time of year. Look into your bill history to confirm and usage amount!

  1. Low Water Pressure

A decrease in the flow coming from faucets or flushing power can indicate a possible leak in your plumbing system. If this is not addressed, the issue could become worse.

  1. Repeat Leaks

If you are continuously cleaning up puddles around water sources, there is a definite problem, and it could be fixed as soon as possible.

  1. Strange Noises

In general, pipes don’t normally make noise. If you hear anything like hissing, gurgling, and banging, it is usually a sign a pipe is about to burst!

  1. Discolored Water

Clean water should always be what comes out of your tap, if it is anything less, that’s a good indicator that something could be wrong. It could possibly be a problem with your mainline and you should get someone to check it immediately.

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