Finding a quick solution to a burst pipe can eliminate severe damage to your home’s structure. Regardless of what time of year it is, weakened or damaged pipes can often result in a burst pipe. If your pipe has burst, you could be looking at a minor cleanup or major repair depending on the damage it has caused and how quickly you find the source. Continue reading for some signs you may have a burst pipe in your home.
If you suspect that a pipe in your home has burst, you will need to search for certain signs. You may hear sounds of dripping water from within your walls. Follow the sound until you find the source. Puddles and damp patches on the wall are a telltale signs a pipe has burst inside the wall. Water dripping or forming pools on the ceiling also may be proof of a compromised pipe. If there is a musty damp smell in a certain area or a scent similar to a sewer smell, that is a sign of a burst pipe. Another way to tell if you have a burst pipe is running your faucets in the bathrooms and kitchen. When a pipe bursts, it compromises the flow of water to these fixtures. Low water pressure to no water is a definite cause for concern of a burst pipe.Another way to check for a burst pipe is to examine your water meter. Make sure you are not running water from any fixtures before you check the meters. Confirmation of a burst pipe will be a moving dial on your water meter even if you have no water running from your fixtures.
Once you have found the burst pipe in your home, you will need to remedy the issue quickly to avoid further damage to your home’s structure. Call an emergency plumber and they will be able to isolate the pipe and fix the issue quickly. Trying any do-it-yourself methods can be dangerous and further damage the pipe. Give us a call immediately at (803) 513-5749 and let us handle this emergency for you.