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 Do the pipes in your home ever cross your mind? It’s pretty easy to forget about them, and the only time you really notice them is when there is a problem. 


Burst or leaking pipes can occur year round, and they can be very costly. If you’re in the Midwest, the most common type of problem is freezing weather, but rust and poor installation can also cause a pipe to burst. 


Here are some signs to watch for that could indicate a leaking or burst pipe, so you can get the problem fixed before it becomes and a costlier problem.


What Are the Signs of a Burst Pipe?


Bad Odor


When pipes burst in the ground, water, dirt, and other contaminants can get into your water. 


Burst pipes can also develop rust over time, turning your water brown and making it smell foul. Rusted pipes are also a breeding ground for bacteria, which can cause health problems for your or your family if not treated. 


If you notice an odor change or discoloration in your water, that could be a sign of a burst pipe.


Changes in Water Pressure


Pipe bursts can result in a decreased amount of water coming through your pipes. If you notice any changes in how much water is coming out of your faucets or showerheads, you may have a burst pipe. 


Contact a plumber to determine the source of the change in your water pressure.


High Water Bills


If you notice your water bill increasing despite no change to your water usage habits, then you might have sprung a leak or burst pipe. A common place for a leak to be is your toilet, so you should check to make sure that there aren’t any obvious leaks first before assuming a burst pipe. 


Clanging or Dripping Noises 


There’s a number of reasons for noisy pipes or dripping noises. A change in water pressure can cause a sudden closing of the valve which can make your tap emit whistling noises or a hammering sound. 


Other causes can be mineral deposits, faulty tap washers, or even scale build-up. If you hear any funny noises coming from your walls that is unusual, it’s probably time to call the plumber. Especially if you hear these noises when you’re not using your sink, tub or toilet.


Water Marks 


Since most pipes run behind walls, you may see water marks on your wall or ceiling due to a burst pipe. 


If you notice a sudden mark appearing, you should have a plumber look at it before you take any action yourself.


Pipe bursts are a common problem in households everywhere. Take note of anything that may not seem normal when it comes to your plumbing is helpful for  avoiding more problems down the line. 


We offer a wide array of services for your plumbing needs. Reach out to us if you have any problems with your pipes or plumbing.


NHR plumbing is a family owned and operated residential and commercial plumbing contractor based in Ramsey, MN. We provide 24/7 emergency plumbing services, main line cleaning, as well as planned instillation including: water heaters, water softeners, water conditioners and plumbing fixtures.

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