How Do I Know If I Have A Burst Pipe?

Leaking pipe with towel

Plumbing can be a complex maze and when a pipe bursts, it’s always inconvenient and in the hardest places to find. In colder climates, water can freeze in pipes, causing them to burst, however the most common cause of burst pipes in Western Australia is the acidic and abrasive nature of the surrounding sand reacting with hot water pipes. If not located and repaired quickly, a burst water pipe inside your home can be extremely destructive to electrical and structural surroundings, and in the backyard, it can mean a significant waste of water and a fast-growing swamp.

Mainline Plumbing and Cheap Hot Water and Gas are your experts in all areas of plumbing, hot water and gas. They can safely and efficiently locate your burst water pipe and repair it using minimally invasive equipment and techniques to save you money and inconvenience for your family.

Some ways to identify if you have a burst pipe include:

  • Low Water Pressure
  • Wet Patches – Inside and Outside
  • Spinning Water Meter

Low Water Pressure

The first sign of a burst water pipe is a significant decrease in your water pressure. The water is now leaking out of your pipes so less is travelling to the taps and outlets where you need it. If you are only getting a dribble from your kitchen tap or shower head, or your sprinklers aren’t reaching as far as they usually do, you need to call an expert immediately before the problem gets any bigger. The issue may, hopefully, not be inside your walls and can be fixed quickly.

Wet Patches – Inside and Outside

muddy foot printMuddy, wet patches in the garden or on your lawn are an indication of water leaking underneath and it’s the same in your walls. If a pipe has burst internally, your walls will become damp and start to deteriorate very quickly. Puddles of water can also form on the floor where the pipe has burst, particularly where the tiles of the kitchen, laundry or bathroom meet the bath, shower, sink or vanity.

Spinning Water Meter

If you turn off all running water in your home and can still hear water dribbling or spraying, pop out to the garden and check the water meter. If it is still ticking over and you know there is no water running in your home or garden, that water is running from a burst water pipe.

Who Can Help Me Locate and Fix A Burst Pipe?

Mainline Plumbing and Cheap Hot Water and Gas are your local, reliable experts in all areas of plumbing. With no call out fees for emergencies and a 24/7 emergency contact line, Mainline Plumbing and Cheap Hot Water and Gas will be there to assist you with your burst water pipe straight away. Call the team on  9759 1317 today.