Burst or leaking pipes pose severe potential hazards, and if left unattended, they can result in structural damage to our homes and foster an environment for mold growth, creating a significant health risk. Additionally, leaking pipes can lead to water wastage, increasing our water bills and putting undue strain on the environment. Therefore, it is crucial to address burst or leaking pipes promptly to prevent these hazards from arising.
Smelly and Discoloured Water
When water pipes burst underground, it is possible for dirt and other impurities to enter the water. With time, the rust caused by the burst pipes may discolour the water, giving it a brownish hue. Furthermore, the rust promotes the growth of bacteria, which can pose a serious health risk.
In the case of sewage leakage, if the water smells like rotten eggs, it could indicate a problem. Hydrogen sulphide, a natural gas that forms in sewer lines, could be the source of the smell. In this situation, it is critical to contact a plumbing professional to investigate the plumbing system. Leaking sewage may have adverse health consequences for you and your family.
There can be various causes of loud noises when turning on the tap, and it is often related to water pressure issues. A sudden surge of high water pressure in the pipes can lead to the valve closing abruptly, resulting in whistling noises and hammering sounds in the plumbing system.
Other possible causes of these noises include mineral deposits in the aerator, faulty tap washers, scale build-up, high water pressure, or faults in the plumbing system. It is important to pay attention to any dripping, banging, or rattling sounds coming from the walls, as these may indicate a potential leak. As plumbing professionals, we can help diagnose and address these issues to ensure the safe and efficient operation of your plumbing system.
Soft patches or depressions
When a leak goes unnoticed or a pipe bursts, it can lead to several visible signs in your yard such as water puddles, damp areas, or unstable pavement. It can also create an environment for plants to flourish in a particular area.
In such a scenario, it’s advisable to contact our team of professionals to investigate the problem instead of attempting to locate and fix the issue ourself. We have access to advanced leak detection technology that enables us to identify the root cause of the problem and fix it with minimal damage to your yard or garden.
Increasing Water Bills
One of the reasons for high water bills could be due to burst pipes. A burst pipe can waste a significant amount of water, which can quickly add up to your water bill.
If you notice an unexplained increase in your water bill, it’s important to investigate the cause. Check for any visible signs of a burst pipe, such as damp patches on walls or ceilings, or any pooling water outside your home.
It’s also a good idea to have a professional plumber inspect your plumbing system for any hidden leaks or burst pipes. They can use specialized equipment to detect the source of the problem and make the necessary repairs, which can ultimately save you money on your water bill.
WHAT TO DO IF WE THINK WE HAVE A LEAK?
If we suspect that there is a leak in our home, we should take the following steps:
– Check the water meter by turning off all water sources in the house. If the meter is still running, there is likely a leak.
– Conduct a visual inspection around the house for signs of water damage, including damp spots, water stains, and mold growth.
– Listen for any unusual sounds such as hissing or dripping, as these could be signs of a leak.
– Contact a professional plumber if we are unable to identify the source of the leak. They have the necessary expertise and tools to locate and repair the leak.
– Address the issue promptly once we have identified the source of the leak. Ignoring a leak can lead to severe water damage, mold growth, and high water bills.
By following these steps, we can quickly identify and address a leak before it causes significant damage to house.