6 Major Signs You Have a Burst Pipe

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A major plumbing problem like burst pipes, can be more challenging to repair compared to common problems like leaks and low water pressure and oftentimes it requires a licensed plumber to work on them.

A burst pipe is a major issue in the plumbing system that property owners often deal with. The severity of burst pipes can range from minor leaks to flooding in the premises. Therefore, it is essential to be aware of the signs that there is a burst pipe somewhere in the property.  Once you have a leak of any kind it will any get worse and unfortunately never better. By picking up on this quickly, the extensive effects of burst pipes will be prevented, as you can immediately call a plumber to fix it before the problem intensifies.

So here are the 6 major signs of a burst pipe that every homeowner should know about to prevent disastrous plumbing incidents.

  1. High water bill

Have you noticed that your water bill has significantly gone up this quarter compared to the previous quarter?

Receiving a higher water bill is one of the most common signs of a burst pipe. If there is no drastic change in the water usage at home or no leaky taps or showerheads anywhere, there is likely a burst pipe somewhere in the property. 

  1. Puddle build-up and watermarks

Another sign of a burst pipe is water appearing in places where there is no direct water outlet, such as taps, water hoses, sprinklers or showerheads. Water build-up below the sink, inside kitchen, laundry or bathroom cupboards, or visible watermarks in the ceiling or in the walls of the house are clear signs that there is a water leak coming from a burst pipe. Puddles forming in the yard or sodden grassy areas are also signs of a burst pipe.

  1. Growth of plant roots

If you have any trees on your property, and want to check for a burst pipe, you can follow the growth of the trees’ roots. If there is a source of water somewhere beneath the ground, the tree will instinctively grow towards it to obtain water and stay alive.  In a lot of cases, the trees’ water source will be from a burst pipe, resulting in another common plumbing issue, a blocked drain pipe.

  1. Change of water pressure

Did you notice a change in the water pressure that is being released through different water outlets around the property? There are various reasons for this problem, but if most water outlets like taps, showerheads, and sprinklers are affected, the reason is most likely a burst pipe connected to the water supply line. The hole in the pipe causes a disturbance to the water pressure by letting air pass through it. 

  1. Weird Noise Around the House

If you notice weird noises coming out of nowhere, such as gurgling and wheezing noises, there is most likely a burst pipe somewhere in the property. These odd noises are caused by the water coming out of the pipe interacting with the surrounding puddle and air differently.

  1. Quality of Water

When the quality of water being supplied to water outlets has changed, it indicates that the pipe has corroded or is rusting. The changes that you might notice are the metallic smell or taste of the water, and discoloration. A rusting pipe is a sign that the pipe’s condition is worsening and could lead to a burst pipe at any time. This is a sign that all the things from previous points should be monitored from time to time, or replaced to prevent a more significant plumbing issue from occurring.

Are you noticing most or all of the signs listed above? Then it is time to call a licensed plumber to schedule an inspection for your plumbing system. If you are looking for a plumber who can service the areas of Berowra, Cherrybrook, Hornsby, Thornleigh, Wahroonga, and other neighboring suburbs in Sydney; you should contact Andrew Vanny Plumbing. We are one of the most experienced and trusted licensed plumbing companies in the area. You can contact us at 0480 009 605 or email us at info@andrewvannyplumbing.com.au to know more about our plumbing services and affordable rates!


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