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Signs You May Have a Broken Pipe

Posted by Bill Fenwick on Tue, Oct 22, 2013 @ 01:06 PM

Detecting plumbing problems when they occur can help save you from costly damage and extra repairs. Knowing what to look for will help you know when there is a problem so you can contact a plumber in Jacksonville, Florida and get help fast.

Sounds that can indicate broken pipes

  • Bubbling Noises. When you flush the toilet or use the sink, air that24/7 plumbing Jacksonville cannot escape to the sewer lines will create a bubbling noise. This can be a sign that there is a pipe broken, and it should be inspected. 
  • Whistling Noises. If a pipe gets dented, it can create a segment of pipe that is too small for the volume of water that needs to travel through it and when it does it can emit a whistling sound. If a whistling sound suddenly occurs, it should be checked out by a plumber as soon as possible. Increased water pressure on compromised pipes can cause the pipe to burst.
  • Banging or Clanking. If loose pipes bump into one another, a clanking noise will be the result. Whether due to loose washers or other worn parts, loose pipes can cause tension that can lead to holes or leaks. If you hear any of these noises, contact a plumber in Jacksonville, Florida to have your pipes inspected.

Sights and smells that can indicate broken pipes

  • Unpleasant Odor. If drains, sinks, or any area of your home has an unpleasant odor, especially on the lowest floor, it can be a sign that a pipe is backed up or broken. The odor is a sign that sewage is not being successfully transported from your pipes to the municipal sewer lines.
  • Sink Holes. If you have sink holes, or any unexplained soggy or wet areas in your yard, there may be a break in the main pipes underground. These can pose a very serious hazard for small children and animals. Contacting a professional plumber in Jacksonville, Florida to repair the pipes will prevent accidents, and stop the situation from getting worse.
  • Puddles. If water is accumulating anywhere in your house, especially under sinks or on floors, a pipe may be broken. Some may be easy to detect and see, such as pipes under the sink or the water supply to the toilet, but others may be behind walls or ceilings. 
  • Damp Drywall. If the drywall is damp anywhere in your home, or if there are wet rings on the ceiling, this is a sure indicator of a broken or burst pipe. Contact a qualified plumber right away to prevent further damage to your walls, ceilings, and floors.

Other signs of a broken pipe

  • Persistent Clogs. Whether it is a clogged drain or a slow-flushing toilet, any problem that is persistent is an indicator that something is wrong. Broken pipes and blockage are not the only reasons these conditions will exist, but they should not be ruled out.
  • Frequent Backups. If basement drains, laundry tubs, or other drains have frequent backups or there are water stains around any of the drains and you have not used them, this can be an indicator that the sewage lines are broken or blocked.
  • No Water. If you turn on the faucet, laundry machine, or dishwasher and no water comes out or the pressure is very low, pipes may be frozen, or there may be a broken pipe underground. There are many new technologies to repair underground pipes that have broken without digging them up. 
  • Poor Water Quality. If the water suddenly turns color or begins to smell, this can be an indicator that the pipes have begun to corrode or otherwise become contaminated or deteriorated. Burst pipes in this situation can be prevented by having them replaced before the condition gets worse.
  • High Water Bill. If your water bill is significantly higher than usual without any unusual activity (filling pools, watering new lawns), it may be an indicator of a broken pipe. Physical indicators such as puddles, odors, or damp drywall will usually show themselves first, but in cases when breaks remain undetected, escalated bills can help detect problems.

Addressing problems with the water supply or drainage quickly will be helpful when performing repairs. Preventing problems from occurring or preventing them from getting worse will help keep your property safe and healthy for everyone. Contact Bill Fenwick today and let us help with all your plumbing needs!

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