Preventing Water Catastrophes: Tips for Detecting and Addressing Leaks or Burst Pipes

Leaks or burst pipes

Water leaks or burst pipes can cause serious damage to your home or business, and those damages will only worsen the longer they’re left unaddressed. Unfortunately, it can be rather challenging for the average person to notice signs of leaks or broken pipes.

Signs That There May Be Leaks Or Burst Pipes In your Property

When it comes to leaks or damaged pipes, keep an eye out for:

An Unexplained Increase In Your Water Bill. If your water bill is suddenly unusually high, but you and everyone else on your property haven’t been using more water than usual, this could be a sign of a leak in your pipes somewhere. A strange increase in your water metre can also indicate this.

Water leaks and damaged pipes aren’t just annoying and costly; they’re also wasteful. Finding and fixing these problematic pipes can help you maintain a reasonable level of water usage. 

Damp Or Discoloured Walls And Ceilings. Damp, or strangely discoloured, walls and ceilings are ominous signs of water leaks behind the surfaces. Check for moisture stains, water spots or peeling paint and walls on ceilings, especially near plumbing fixtures such as sinks or showers. Mould or mildew growth may also indicate hidden leaks, as mould and mildew are prone to grow in areas with excessive moisture exposure. 

Please note that mould and mildew can be dangerous, especially for those with respiratory issues, so it’s best to deal with them promptly if you notice them in your home or business. 

Unexplained Puddles Or Standing Water. Puddles or standing water in unexpected areas can indicate active leaks or burst pipes. Pay attention to areas around plumbing fixtures, appliances and pipes, as well as basements, crawl spaces and utility rooms where leaks are more likely to occur. Even small puddles should be investigated promptly to prevent further damage.

It’s a good idea to regularly inspect your property, even if you don’t suspect anything is wrong. Take a quick walk around different parts of your home or business to look for anything that’s amiss. Look for strange and unexplained visual changes, pay attention to odd smells and listen for weird noises. Doing this every so often can help you find problems and have them fixed by the right people. 

Of course, you shouldn’t attempt to fix pipes if you don’t have the right equipment, training or experience. Always entrust this kind of work to professionals. To be extra safe, you can have a professional inspect your plumbing systems for issues you may not know much about.

Strange Musty Odours. Musty or mouldy odours emanating from walls, floors or cabinets may indicate the presence of hidden water leaks. As mentioned above, moisture trapped within building materials can promote mould and mildew growth, then leading to musty odours and potential health hazards. If you notice persistent musty smells in your property and can’t find where it’s coming from, it’s essential to investigate the underlying cause.

Decreased Water Pressure. A strange decrease in water pressure throughout your property could be a sign of leaks, burst pipes or blockages in your plumbing system. Check the water flow from faucets, showers and other fixtures to determine if there’s a noticeable reduction in pressure. Low water pressure may indicate a leak or pipe obstruction that requires immediate attention from a professional plumber.

The Sound Of Dripping Or Running Water. If you hear water sounds when no faucets or appliances are in use, it could indicate a hidden water leak within your walls or under your floors. Listen for dripping, hissing or gurgling noises coming from pipes. Although, it’s important to note that not all leaks make noises, and some could be completely silent.

Odd Warm Spots On Floors. Warm or hot spots on floors may indicate a hot water pipe leak beneath the surface. Hot water leaks can lead to energy waste, water waste and structural damage if left unresolved, so prompt detection is crucial. In general, if an area of your property is hot when it really shouldn’t be and there’s no reasonable natural explanation for the heat, this could be a bad sign that something’s wrong.

What To Do If You Suspect There Are Leaks Or Burst Pipes In Your Property

If you think you may be dealing with a leak or a burst pipe, the best thing you can do is call a professional plumber to find and fix it for you. The longer you let these problems stay, the worse the damage will be, so a trusty plumber should be your go-to solution. 

Do you notice any of these signs on your NZ property? If you suspect there’s a broken or leaky pipe in your plumbing system, call us at Moods Plumbing, and we’ll be glad to help.

We know how frustrating and destructive plumbing problems can be, so we’re proud to offer our services to you. To learn more, or to tell us about what you’re dealing with, please feel free to call us on 0276974824

Don’t let these issues wreak havoc on your property, trust us at Moods Plumbing.

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