What to Know about Leaking and Burst Pipes

The Farmer’s Almanac is predicting a grueling and harsh winter. It’s going to be long and cold. That means leaky and burst pipes could be a huge issue for your home this year. Freezing can lead to burst pipes if you don’t catch it in time, but other causes can also lead to leaky or burst pipes. Rust, installation issues, and physical damage to the pipe can cause a hole to form. Even a trickle of water from a small hole can damage drywall, ruin flooring, and cause other damage that can become major restoration jobs. Identifying signs before the damage becomes a huge issue is crucial to saving yourself time and money.

 

Here are a few signs that you may have plumbing issues:

  • Water Pressure Changes
  • Water Marks
  • Standing Water
  • Odd Odors
  • Weird Noises when Using Water
  • Noticeable Pipe Issues
  • Increase Water Bill
  • Ceiling Stains
  • Rusty Pipes
  • Damaged Flooring
  • Paint or Wallpaper Discoloration

Paying attention to these signs can help prevent major issues down the line. In addition to identifying these signs, here are some things you can do if you know you’re having pipe issues:

 

  • Shut Off the Water
  • Call a Plumber
    • Don’t try to handle things yourself, you could make things worse and cost yourself more money.
  • Open the Faucets
    • After you shut off the water, opening the pipes will alleviate any remaining pressure and prevent the pipes from bursting.
  • Start Getting Rid of Water

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