How to Tell if You Have a Burst Pipe

If you have a burst pipe in your house, the first thing you need to do is shut off the water at the source to avoid causing more damage – and then, you need to call a water damage restoration specialist who can help you start getting back on track.

But how do you tell if you have a burst pipe in the first place?

How to Tell if You Have a Burst Pipe

You can tell if you have a burst pipe if these signs are present:

  • Water pressure changes
  • Water marks
  • Standing water
  • Water discoloration or odors
  • Strange sounds when you use your water
  • Increased water bills

Water Pressure Changes

If there’s a hole in a pipe somewhere down the line, you’ll most likely experience a decrease in water pressure coming from your tap, shower head or tub faucet.

Water Marks

You may see visible signs of water coming through your walls, which is a good indication that you have a pipe leak somewhere.

Standing Water

A severe leak, or one that’s been going on for some time, will leave puddles of water.

Water Discoloration or Odors

If the water that comes out of your faucets is discolored, or if it carries an odd smell, you may have rust in the pipes – and that often leads to leaks. An existing leak allowing contaminants in can also cause odor.

Strange Sounds When You Use Your Water

Bubbling or whistling can be a symptom of a leaky pipe or worse, a burst one.

Increased Water Bills

If your water bills are suddenly higher than normal, it may be because you’re leaking water. If your water meter is constantly running, that’s another red flag.

Do You Need to Talk to an Expert About a Leaky Pipe?

We provide several damage restoration services, including fire, smoke and soot restoration services, as well as water damage restoration services in Ann Arbor and all the surrounding communities that can help you and your family get back on track.

Call us at 734-352-9183 or get in touch with us online today.