Signs Your Pipes May Be Breaking

Signs Your Pipes May Be Breaking

Until something goes wrong and you find yourself with a plumbing emergency on your hands, it’s easy to ignore the signs your pipes may be breaking. They’re out of sight and out of mind - your plumbing, that is. Unfortunately, the signs are often not very obvious.

Little issues may go unnoticed because breaks in the pipes may be in hidden locations or are not so bothersome that homeowners may let the issues slide until they gradually get worse. Sometimes, problems are addressed, just a bit too late, and homeowners find themselves dealing with expensive or complicated plumbing repairs.

You can easily avoid this by knowing the signs your pipes may be breaking before problems get out of hand.

Signs Your Pipes May Be Breaking #1: Ridiculous Water Bill

When you find yourself wondering why your water bill has suddenly skyrocketed even when your consumption pattern has remained the same, it’s an accurate sign that there’s a pipe leaking somewhere in your house.

Stop wasting precious water and money. Contact a plumber to check your pipes immediately.

Signs Your Pipes May Be Breaking #2: Lower Water Pressure or Water Flow

Water coming out of your faucets or shower in trickles, or at least in a slower stream, is one of the sure signs that your pipes may be breaking.

If your experiencing any of the following:

  • Sudden drop in water pressure

  • Small trickle from an otherwise normally functioning faucet

  • No water at all

These are signs that there is a burst pipe somewhere in your home or there may be a clogged pipe somewhere in your home or near it. These problems cannot be ignored.

Call a plumber for help when you notice these telltale signs. Turn off all faucets and plumbing fixtures (washing machines, dishwashers, bathtubs, etc) in your home as you wait for the plumber to arrive.

Signs Your Pipes May Be Breaking #3: Puddles of Water

Another sign of a leaking or damaged pipe is accumulation of water beneath your sink, in the basement, or near your water main. This is the easiest sign to spot, and your plumber can easily address the problem with your pipe before it can cause further water damage.

Signs Your Pipes May Be Breaking #4: Damp Spots

Not as obvious as puddles of water, damp spots on your floors are also signs of pipe damage. It’s important to have these addressed immediately. Ignoring these can lead to even bigger repairs. Equally worrying - moisture build up will encourage the growth of mold or mildew in your home.

Signs Your Pipes May Be Breaking #5: Stains on the Wall

Discoloration of the walls or stains on your ceiling are signs of pipe trouble.

If you notice wet stains on your walls, this indicates a leaking or burst pipe in the bathroom or plumbing that runs in the walls. On the other hand, a discolored spot on your ceiling may be a sign that there’s a leak in the bathroom located upstairs. Or it may be a sign of a roof leak.

Again, water stains on your walls or ceilings should not be ignored. It’s particularly worrying because once you see stains, your pipes may already have been leaking for quite some time. It’s important to call a plumber as soon as possible to prevent bigger water damage or mold growth.

Signs Your Pipes May Be Breaking #6: Funky Odors from Your Pipes

Another one of the signs your pipes may be breaking are foul smells coming from your pipes or water. If it is due to a clog, the backup in the pipes will naturally cause a bad smell. This odor has nowhere to go but back up through the pipes and out through the drains of your sink, shower, or bathtub.

It’s important to address this issue immediately as a clogged pipe can create a backup of sewage. This can put pressure on your plumbing system, and you may find your home springing leaks from various locations.

Signs Your Pipes May Be Breaking #7: Repeated Clogging

Pipes are prone to clogging once in a while. This is due to buildup of debris, grease, hair, and other materials. If your pipes clog up regularly and persistently, even after a video inspection or a thorough cleaning, there’s a big chance that there’s a break in your sewage pipe.

Call your plumber immediately to address this issue before it becomes an even bigger problem.

Signs Your Pipes May Be Breaking #8: Poor Water Quality

If the water coming from your faucets is discolored or is foggy, it’s possible that your pipes are starting to corrode or have become contaminated.

Brownish water from your faucets means that rust has set in inside your pipes. This not only makes the water unsafe to drink, it can ruin your appliances and clothes. Rusty pipes mean that corrosion has already set in.

Corroded pipes can easily break and you may find yourself with a catastrophic plumbing failure if you don’t address this issue immediately. At the first sign of discolored water, ask your plumber to do a thorough inspection.

Signs Your Pipes May Be Breaking #9: Rumbling Sounds Near Your Water Main

Sounds other than flowing water while you are running a faucet or flushing a toilet are definitely not a good sign. And more so if you hear them even if no one is using the water.

Call your plumber to inspect for any issues in one of your pipes.

Signs Your Pipes May Be Breaking #10: Clanging or Grinding Sounds

Slightly different from rumbling sounds, clanging or grinding noises are just as bad. This points to pipes being loose and may be banging or rubbing against each other. This can create friction which can lead to leaks or bends in the exterior of your pipes.

Hopefully, we have given you enough knowledge so you are able to spot problems with your pipes early. Early detection means you can call your plumber to make simple repairs instead of finding yourself in the middle of full blown plumbing catastrophe.

So Cal Services Can Help

If you suspect that you may have a broken or burst pipe, So Cal Services can help. We are a locally owned and operated plumbing, heating, and air conditioning service provider with over 20 experience in the industry.

So Cal Services offers a wide variety of services including pipe installation, repair, maintenance, and replacement for both residential and commercial clients.

When your pipes are damaged, you can be sure of a swift response. Our experienced plumbing technicians will diagnose and repair your pipe problem, no matter how serious. And here’s our additional guarantee - we do it right the first time!

During this sensitive time, you can rely on us to come for any plumbing issues. We take all safety measures to ensure that our plumbing technicians are using proper precautions.

Get ahold of us now at these numbers:

Call (951) 926-1978

Text (951) 662-4894

We have technicians on call 24/7 ready to respond for any plumbing emergency.

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