How do you find out if you have a burst pipe? There are always peculiar signs of a burst pipe. Also, there exist a lot of reasons why pipes burst or crack.
So how do you go diagnose a burst water pipe in your house?
When you flush the toilet or use the sink, air that cannot escape to the sewer lines will create a bubbling noise. This can be a sign that there is a pipe broken somewhere and should be thoroughly inspected. Noises to watch out for include whistling, banging and clanking. If a pipe is dented or damaged, a portion of the pipe may be too small for the water to pass through and it may emit a whistling sound.
Sewage has a distinctly unpleasant odor. It can be a dead giveaway that something is wrong. If drains, sinks, toilets or other areas have strong odor, that could be a sign that there is a backup or broken pipe. Pay particular attention to sinks, toilets and drains on the lower level of a home or building.
If water is accumulating anywhere in your house, especially under sinks or on floors, a pipe may be broken. Some pipe leaks may be easy to detect and see, such as pipes under the sink or the water supply to the toilet, but others may be behind walls or ceilings and beyond the sight of the naked eye.
Sink holes, or any unexplained soggy or wet areas in your yard, could be a sign that one of the main pipes underground are broken. These can pose a very serious hazard for small children and animals.
If and when you turn on the faucet, laundry machine, dishwasher or washing machine and no water comes out or the water pressure is low, then the pipes may be frozen or there may be a broken pipe underground. There are many new technologies to repair underground broken pipes without digging them up.
Leaking pipes will release water and dampen drywalls. Damp drywalls or wet rings on the ceiling are definite indicators that there is a problem. Water coming from ceilings or dripping from a ceiling that isn’t just below a roofline are other signs.
Also look for puddles or places where water may be accumulating that it shouldn’t.
With the help of the above symptoms you will be able to diagnose a burst water pipe in the house. Contact a professional regarding that burst pipe repair today and prevent further damage.