7 Signs That Point To A Burst Water Pipe at Your Property

A broken water pipe can cause extensive water damage to your property. What starts as a minor leak can quickly escalate into a pipe burst that can result in you losing your hard-earned money to costly repairs and restoration work. From ruining the foundations and the structure of your building to destroying your furniture and flooring, there’s a whole ordeal that follows a burst pipe. Identifying the problem in its initial stages is therefore incredibly important and enables you to seek timely help to prevent the situation from worsening.

Since pipes are mostly hidden behind the walls or buried underground, any damages or leaks are often hard to catch. However, certain signs can indicate that your property is heading towards a burst water pipe, so looking out for these can let you quickly call an emergency plumber and have the problem sorted without further delays.

Keep a lookout for:

1. A Sudden Increase In Your Water Bill

If you have received an excessively high water bill while your water consumption has remained the same as before, there are chances that you have a leaking pipe at your property. If you don’t find any traces of leakage even after a close examination, it is best to hire a certified local plumber to locate the exact source of the problem and fix it before it turns into a burst pipe.

2. Water Marks On Your Walls and Ceilings

If you have a damaged pipe that has not yet been detected, you will soon start to notice damp patches or water stains on your walls and ceilings, and cracking or bubbling wall paint. All of these are visible signs of a broken water pipe and it is only a matter of time before you experience severe structural damage. Therefore, never take these water marks lightly, and have them addressed by a professional burst pipe plumber as soon as possible.

3. Discoloured and Smelly Water

When an underground pipe bursts, mud and other impurities can mix with the clean water. An unidentified burst pipe will eventually also catch rust and these rust particles will make the water appear reddish-brown. With time, this rust makes a breeding place for bacteria and starts to smell bad. Apart from creating inconvenience, using this contaminated water for cooking or drinking is extremely bad for your health. Therefore, if the water from your taps is discoloured or smelly, make sure to engage a plumbing contractor for your broken pipe repair.

4. Dripping Noises From the Walls

As soon as you start hearing dripping sounds from your walls, know that you have a leaky or burst pipe. Often, these sounds indicate a mild to moderate leak, which if immediately mended can save your property from further damage. Get a qualified plumber to identify and repair the cracked pipe, before the water starts seeping through your walls and ceilings.

5. Mould Infestation in Your Property

Moisture produced by a cracked pipe can cause a mould infestation at your property. If there’s a constant musty smell around you, call a plumber so they can investigate and fix the problem. Not attending to the problem will only make it worse, along with triggering the condition of those who are already suffering from allergies.

6. Puddles Forming Near Your Plumbing Fixtures

Water puddles forming under your sinks and washbasins are possible indicators of a pipe burst inside your home. A damaged pipe in your lawn or driveway can also create dangerous sinkholes that need instant attention of an emergency plumbing contractor.

7. Corroding Water Pipes

Lastly, when your water pipes corrode, they could burst anytime in the near future. Having your old and rusted pipes replaced before they cause trouble is the best way to save your time, money and peace of mind.

Burst Pipe Repair or Replacement in Perth Hills

At Kalamunda Plumbing, we have a team of highly skilled and certified plumbing contractors for your home and commercial property in Perth Hills. Call us if you notice any of these signs of a burst pipe, so our plumbers can come and repair it right away.

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