Broken or burst pipes are the most common plumbing problems faced in residential homes, commercial properties and public systems. In most cases, it is easy to identify water seeping out of wrong places, and at times it’s really hard to determine whether it’s a plumbing problem or some other non-plumbing issue. Detecting a plumbing problem immediately, will help you save a money and effort.

There are a few signs you should look out for, which will indicate that you have a broken pipe:

Abnormal sounds coming from your pipelines:

If you hear bubbling when you use the flush or sink, it’s the air that is unable to escape sewer lines. If there is a whistling sound, it is because one of the pipes have dented, reducing the space for general volume of water to flow through. If not checked immediately, this can cause the pipe to burst due to excess pressure. Lastly, if you hear clanking sounds, it is due to loose pipes clashing against something nearby. This could be due to old, worn out pipes. If you hear any of these noises, contact a professional plumber to get them fixed or replaced, before they cause further damage or leaks.

Unusual odors:

If any area of your home starts developing an unpleasant odor, especially on the lowest floor, it could be a sign that a pipe has a leak, or it is broken. The smell is most likely due to the sewage not being transported successfully to the municipal sewer lines. The smell can be really inconvenient to you and your family members, and in order to get rid of it as soon as possible, call a professional to get it checked and repaired.

Puddles and damp drywalls:

If water starts to accumulate unexpectedly inside your house, particularly in areas like the kitchen or bathroom floor, a pipe may have a major leak or it could be broken. On the other hand, if you notice any of your dry walls or ceilings having wet patches, then it’s a clear indication of a broken or burst pipe.

Improper drainage:

If you notice that the water in your sink takes longer than usual to completely drain out, or your flush takes longer to settle, it may be due to a blockage somewhere in the pipes. This should be located and unclogged as soon as possible.

No water flow:

It is quite clear that if you turn on your faucet and there is no water flowing, it could be due to a major blockage in the pipes.. You should turn off the main water supply, to prevent excess pressure near the blocked area, which could lead the pipe to burst.

If you notice any of these signs, you should have a plumbing professional inspect your pipelines. If this is delayed, it could lead to major issues, which will cost you heavy sums of money.


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  • Kenneth Gladman

    June 20, 2018 | Reply

    In the winter where I live temperature often will reach freezing. This provides high risk for burst pipes. I will keep in mind these signs to look for that you mentioned and my wife will surely notice if there are any unusual odors.

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