Early Detection Is the Key in Preventing Burst Plumbing Pipes

December 3, 2013

Early Detection Is the Key in Preventing Burst Plumbing Pipes

Burst plumbing pipes are no picnic! Repairing them typically requires opening up a wall, replacing the damaged section and then closing and re-plastering the wall. And, if tiles are involved, they’ll also need to be removed and replaced because burst pipes frequently occur in areas where hot water flows, such as near kitchens, showers, toilets and bathrooms.

Early Detection Is the Key in Preventing Burst Plumbing PipesEarly detection is the key to reducing or preventing damage. Contrary to popular belief, plumbing pipes don’t suddenly burst – they usually deteriorate gradually over time. Before you actually notice swelling of paint and plaster, dampness, or mold, the sound of dripping water may be heard for days or even weeks.

In many cases, a plumber can identify burst plumbing pipes long before they happen. That’s why it’s critical to call a plumber the minute you suspect something is wrong. If you hear the continual sound of running water when all the water fixtures are off, or if your water bill is unusually high, have a plumber do an inspection ASAP. Never wait until water comes out of a wall or ceiling before you take action.

Even if there’s no sound of running or dripping water, you can check for leaky sources by reading your water meter. If the dishwasher and washing machine are switched off, and all the faucets are turned off, and no-one has used the toilet, bath or shower in the last couple of hours, and the device on the water meter is spinning fast, then water is running somewhere outside or inside your home. This could be a sign of a burst pipe.

 

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