Burst & Leaking Pipes Midrand
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Burst & Leaking Pipes
Burst and leaking pipes can be one of the most damaging things that can occur at home. It happens when the pressure of water that flows through the pipe becomes too high. This causes a lot of damage – water seeping into walls, wet surfaces, and most definitely an increase in your water bill. Knowing the signs of a burst pipe so you can identify and fix them quickly is key. Signs of a burst pipe include a skunk-like smell, increased water bills, loud hammering noises coming from within the walls, rapidly discolored or stained walls and/or ceiling, or water coming from the pipes. Once you identify a burst or leaking pipe, it’s important to act quickly, as the leaking water can cause even more damage. It’s best to shut off the water to any affected pipes, clean up any standing water, and then call a professional to come and repair the damage.
As a homeowner, burst pipes can seem like a nightmare. Fortunately, though, it doesn’t have to be a nightmare. The most important thing you need to do is shut off the valve located near the broken pipe before any other work is done. This stops any further water from flowing and helps to prevent further damage. After the valve has been shut off and the water stopped, you can start the process of calling a professional to come and help you repair the damage. Ask if they offer emergency services, or if they can come right away, as a burst pipe is considered an emergency plumbing issue. Once a professional plumbing technician is on the scene, they will assess the damage and provide you with an estimate of the time and cost required to repair the pipe. If you are insured, don’t forget to check with your insurer to see if they provide any coverage for pipe repairs or replacements. After the repairs have been made and any necessary replacements installed, the professional plumbing technician can then inspect your entire plumbing system to make sure there are no other issues.
Finally, they may suggest installing water pressure-reducing valves to help prevent damage from future water pressure surges, recommend making repairs or upgrades to improve your plumbing system’s efficiency and review any maintenance procedures you should follow to keep it running efficiently.
Frequently Asked Questions
Signs of water damageDiscoloured patches on your ceiling, wall or floor are clear signs of water damage. Unusual bubbling on the wall from under your paint or wallpaper is another sign of water damage. The burst pipe might be exactly where the signs of water damage are, but often the water can pool in a different spot as well.
Extra green lawnHave you noticed a particular section of your lawn has become greener quite recently for no reason? You might have a burst pipe under your lawn in this location.
Corroded pipes, mould and moreSigns of corrosion around your pipes or mould, moisture and rotten wood can all be signs of a leaking or burst pipe. The broken pipe is likely near the damage.
The odour of sewageYou won’t struggle to find this one. The smell of sewage not only indicates a broken pipe, but more specifically a broken sewage pipe.
Water pipes burst because the water inside them expands as it gets close to freezing, and this causes an increase in pressure inside the pipe. When the pressure gets too high for the pipe to contain, it ruptures. This expansion phenomenon seems natural, but interestingly, it is a chemical anomaly.
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