If you see puddles of standing water in your home or office, a broken pipe could be to blame. While this is not always the root of the cause, you can do some sleuthing to see if it is likely. An emergency repair might be required, so if it doesn’t get attended to fast enough, it could lead to significant damage and costly repairs.
Here are some other symptoms of a broken pipe:
- Telltale signs on walls: Leaking and burst pipes behind walls can cause dampness, softened drywall, and water marks.
- Up and down water pressure: One or all of your faucets might have no water pressure, and then the water might suddenly come out very fast.
- Sounds to listen for: A broken pipe can create dripping or clanging noises behind your walls.
- Mold and mildew: You might find patches of mold or mildew on the walls and other areas near broken pipes. Mold also has a distinctive, musty smell that is hard to ignore.
- Discolored, stinky water: Do you smell rotten eggs? A broken pipe can leak sewage water. It can also create rust, which turns the water brown. This can be a breeding ground for bacteria, too.
- A high water bill: A broken pipe leaks water – and money out of your wallet.
Should you see, hear, or smell any of these red flags, get in touch with us at A Step Above Plumbing Inc. before that broken pipe causes a disruption that you won’t want to deal with. We’ll send out one of our team members, diagnose the problem, and work to repair it as quickly as possible.