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4 Signs of a Burst Pipe

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Your home's plumbing system may be out of sight, but it is not something to ignore. During the colder months, pipes are susceptible to damage and can quickly burst, causing significant water damage. To minimize the damage, it's crucial to catch a leaky pipe early on. Here are four signs to look out for that indicate a burst pipe.

1. Leaking or Standing Water

One of the most noticeable signs of a burst pipe is standing water, dripping water, or water stains. These are clear indicators that your pipes are releasing water into your home. If left undetected for a long time, the severity of your water damage can escalate quickly.

2. Higher Water Bills

It's common to experience fluctuations in your monthly water bill, but a drastic increase in usage is typically a sign of an underlying plumbing issue. Breaks and leaks in your pipes can cause a constant flow of water that you may not even notice, but it will definitely affect your water bill.

3. Unusual Sounds or Smells

Gaps in your pipes can cause more than just water leaks—their damage can also result in concerning sounds and unpleasant odors. If air gets into your pipes through a gap, you may start to hear gurgling or bubbling noises coming from your water supply. Additionally, if you begin to notice a sewage-like smell when using your faucets, showers, or sinks, there may be an issue with your water mainline.

4. Less Hot Water

When your hot water supply dwindles unexpectedly, the first culprit that comes to mind is often your water heater. However, it's important to consider that it could also be a sign of pipe damage. A diverted flow of water can cause your hot water to drain faster than usual, leaving you with a frustratingly short supply.

Don't let plumbing issues disrupt your daily routine. If you're experiencing these signs, give Thompson Family Plumbing & Rooter Inc. a call. Our plumbers will accurately detect your leak to quickly diagnose the problem. Whether it's a burst pipe, leak, or another issue, we'll work get your system back to normal.

Don't hesitate to get in touch with us today. Call (800) 483-0784 or contact us online.