Burst pipe with water

What Are the Signs of a Burst Pipe?

Unless you have a huge water leak, you may not be able to easily tell you even have one! However, there are signs to look out for that could save your home from serious water damage and save you quite a lot of cash. If you notice any of these telltale signs below, call the professionals at South Auckland Plumbing to fix your burst pipe.

  1. Fluctuating Water Pressure

A burst pipe can result in water pressure going from powerful to weak out of any of the taps or showerhead. A fluctuation in pressure is a sign you could have a plumbing problem.

  1. Discoloured Water

If you have a water pipe that has burst underground, dirt and other contaminants can get into the pipes and therefore your water supply. If your pipes grow rusty, these particles can give the water a brownish tint and can be a breeding ground for bacteria which can cause health issues. And at the worst end of the scale, if your water smells like rotten eggs this could be a sign of sewer leakage. Hydrogen sulphide is a naturally occurring gas that forms in sewer lines and you must call a plumbing professional to inspect your plumbing system if this occurs.

  1. Clanging or Dripping Noises in the Walls

If you hear the sound of water in your walls, you probably have a broken pipe. This sound is much different from the gurgling sound you may hear if your home normally has fluctuating water pressure. Both require professional assistance.

  1. Mould Problems

Excess moisture from small pipe leaks can result in mould throughout the house. If you notice excessive mildew or mould a plumber can investigate and diagnose the problem.

  1. Puddles Under Your Sink

Standing water is a key sign you have a burst pipe. If puddles are forming underneath sinks it’s probably due to a leaky pipe.

  1. High Water Bills

You should know what your monthly water bill is likely to be. If there is suddenly an unexplainable rise in costs it could be because you’re leaking water. To fix this, call South Auckland Plumbing before it results in extensive water damage.

  1. Water Marks

Finally, watermarks. This is another symptom of burst pipes when watermarks appear on walls. A lot of pipes run behind the walls and can leave marks if water is escaping them. In more severe cases, you may also notice dampness on the walls or squishy parts.

If your home is experiencing any of these worrying signs, we are here to help. Contact us today.


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