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There are so many things that must be maintained to keep a home in good repair. One that most people don’t think about until there is a problem is their water and sewer pipes. A broken pipe in either your water or sewer lines can cause huge problems for your home, and worse yet, they may be difficult to detect until they’ve already started to cause damage. However, there are a few signs of broken pipes that you can look out for to help keep your home safe.

Broken Pipe

A broken sewer pipe is usually easy to detect because the smell will give it away. An unpleasant sewage smell in your home is a good indication that there is a problem with your sewage system. It could be as simple as a clogged pipe, but even that will put unnecessary strain on the entire system and could lead to further problems.

Your water bill can also be a great indicator of a broken pipe. If your water bill is suddenly higher than it has been in the past, there’s a good chance that you have a broken or damaged water pipe somewhere on your property. A good plumber will know where to look for the break and should be able to locate the broken pipe without too much fuss.

You may be able to locate the broken pipe if you look around for signs of water damage. Puddles of water under a bathtub or sink are a sure sign that you have a leaking or busted pipe. Damp drywall is another sign that there’s a broken pipe somewhere in the wall. If you see any of these signs, you should call a plumber immediately to avoid any further water damage.