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How To Know If You Have A Burst Pipe In Your Home

water damage cleanup riversideThe water pipes running through your home channel huge amounts of water each day at high pressures. A small crack or break in your pipes can cause hundreds or even thousands of gallons of water to flood into your home. Before such a disaster occurs, however, there are often some visible indications that your pipes are under strain. 

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From our water damage restoration team at PRC, here are five signs that may mean you have a pipe that is about to burst. 

Strange Dripping Sounds

You may begin noticing peculiar sounds in your home. When these sounds come from a leaky, dripping pipe, it can be hard to identify that a leaky pipe is a source. This is difficult to do since it is hard to pinpoint exactly where the sound is coming from when it originates behind your walls and your walls can obscure the sound so it’s not obvious the water is dripping.

A Mildewy Odor

The last thing anyone wants is a musty, mildewy smell circulating throughout their home. However, a home can develop this problem relatively quickly if water damage from leaky pipes accumulates behind your walls. This happens as the water damage leads to mold and releases toxic mold spores in the air. It is these mold spores that carry smelly, musty odors and jeopardize your health.

Water Stains Or Wet Spots

Watermarks on the wall are another indication of a burst pipe. Because pipes run close behind the wall, even a small leak can lead to moisture spots on your wall. This will result in your wall becoming damp or squishy. It may also develop very unsightly gray or brown spots that are hard to remove and can diminish the property value of your home. 

High Water Bill

While no one wants to pay extra for water lost from a leaky pipe, there is one advantage to this. An unexpected spike in your water bill can tip you off to a leaky pipe. Water bills track your water usage each month so you can know if your usage was unusually high in a given month. Make sure you check your water bill each month for any indications that you may have a leak somewhere in your home.

A Large Flood

While the signs of a bust pipe above, deal with the fallout from smaller amounts of water damage, a true burst pipe can flood your home with thousands of gallons of water in a matter of minutes. Preventing burst pipes like this is extremely important as such a disaster can have significant consequences for your home.

Don’t put up with the damage a burst pipe can cause! Remain on the lookout for the signs of a damaged pipe discussed above so you can make any necessary repairs before a pipe bursts and causes major damage. Nonetheless, if your home does sustain any water damage, give us a call at PRC for help without delay.