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7 Ways You Can Find Out If You Have A Burst Pipe

Do you think you may be dealing with a leaky pipe? Don’t take this worry lightly! Burst pipes can cause thousands of dollars in flooding damage. Here are seven signs of a burst pipe leak.


One of the most common yet hidden ways that your home or business can be damaged is via water and flooding damage caused by a leaky or burst pipe. These hidden damage causers can sometimes leave a minimal trace until it is too late and a large portion of your infrastructure is damaged.

To avoid as much damage and costly repair/restoration expenses as possible, it is crucial that you are aware of the most common signs and signals of burst pipes. Here are 7 of the most frequent ways you can tell if your property is being damaged by water.
 

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7 Pieces of Evidence That You Have a Burst Pipe

When we think of burst pipes, we often think of massive breaks that are causing hundreds of litres of water to flow into your house in a very dramatic fashion. However, the reality is that most burst pipes are hidden nightmares that can cause thousands of dollars in damage with little to no warning! To avoid as many costly expenditures as possible, it is important to be vigilant when investigating leaks. Here are 7 of the most common ways to tell if your home has a leaky or burst pipe.
 

1. Leaky pipes

While it may be pretty obvious, the method in which most burst pipes are discovered is that you can actually see the burst pipe itself! Whether it be a leaky pipe below your sink, leaky pipes in your furnace room, or wherever else your lines are visible, if you suspect a burst pipe, it is always worthwhile to investigate all of the visible pipes before you start ripping things apart to look for a hidden leak. 
 

2. Watermarks

Watermarks can look very different, depending on the location, size, and duration of the leak. No matter what the watermark looks like, such as a dark stain, bubble, or any other sign of possible water damage, do not start knocking down walls or digging into the drywall. Contact the water damage restoration experts who can find the precise location of the leak and expertly repair the pipe and damage it has caused without making a bigger project than it has to be.
 

3. Decreased water pressure

If you notice that your showerhead, faucet, or other water dispensing system is releasing a lower quantity of water, it could be a signal that a leaky or burst pipe is releasing some pressure. No matter where it may be, a leaky pipe has the potential to lower the water pressure throughout your entire home plumbing system, making it quite challenging to pinpoint the location of the leak. At 24/7 Restoration, our team uses expert leak detection methods to find the leak in your home, no matter how hidden it may be.
 

4. Change in water colour and scent

A burst pipe means that there is room for bacteria, chemicals, and other materials to enter your water system. This can sometimes lead to discoloured and foul-smelling water. If this is the case, it is essential to contact Calgary water damage restoration experts immediately, as this type of water, known as category 2 or 3 water, can be incredibly dangerous to the health of you, your family, and your home.
 

5. Unstable ground surrounding your home

If a burst pipe has been leaking water for some time, it can create areas of standing water, soft ground, and depressions. If you notice these areas in the yard or area surrounding your home, it may be impacting the quality of your water in your home, as well as damaging the foundation of your property, which can lead to substantial damage! Before you start digging to solve the issue yourself, contact the experts who can safely protect your home and preserve your health from any harm that dangerous sewage or flooding may cause.
 

6. Noisy taps or pipes

In a perfectly functioning system, the noise coming from your pipes and faucets should be at a minimum. However, in a system with a burst pipe, the difference in water pressure can cause more friction, tension, and stress on specific, sensitive points. When under inordinate pressure, those sensitive points will start to make more noise, signalling that they too may become damaged.
 

7. Expensive water bill

Even the smallest of drips coming from below your sink can, if left untreated, amount to hundreds of extra litres of water used showing up on your utility bill. Always be sure to compare your most recent water bill with ones from months past, and if you see a drastic difference between bills, it could signal a leaky pipe that needs fixing.
 

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No matter what the challenge is, how substantial the loss, our expert crews are ready and waiting, 24 hours a day. Whenever a disaster strikes, it is imperative to act fast so that any unnecessary damage, such as mould growth, is avoided. At 24/7 Restoration, we pride ourselves on being the fastest acting restoration company in all of Calgary. Contact us today for rapid, effective, and efficient restoration services! Call our team at (403) 247-4365.

 

FAQ’s

How much does it cost to fix a burst pipe?

The cost to fix a broken pipe is not terribly expensive, typically only a few hundred dollars. However, the damage that a leaky pipe can cause if left untreated can lead to tens of thousands of water damage to your property.

How quickly can mould grow when water damage is present.

While the specific time depends on various conditions, it is not uncommon to see mould growth begin after 72 hours of a water leak occurring.

Is it easy to fix a leaky faucet?

In many cases, it can be very easy to fix a leaky faucet, as it may be as simple as tightening a few loose connections. However, the damage that it can cause is where significant issues may arise where a skilled professional is needed.

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