In a perfect world, the pipes would never have burst…but in the real world, where pipes do burst, there are indicators to allow for early detection. Once the pipe has burst, you must call fully certified New Westminster Plumbing Service & Repair. Discovering a burst pipe as soon as possible will decrease the expense of repair because, hopefully, the damage to walls, tiles, floors and ceilings will be minimized. Remember, you will need to replace all damaged structural and architectural elements after the leak is detected and fully repaired.
In the Beginning…..
There is an easy detection test should you suspect a line hast ruptured, or is perhaps you are aware of a weak joint or a thin walled length of pipe.
- Be certain that all faucets (kitchen, bathroom sink, showers, bath tubs, utility tubs, etc.) are turned off. Wait at least 2 hours after bathing, washing clothes or running the dishwasher.
- Be certain that all outside water sources are turned off at hose bibs.
- Wait at least 2 hours after bathing, showering, washing dishes or washing clothes to allow water pressure to settle.
- Check the reading on your water meter (if water is public); if the meter is moving at all, this indicates a leak within your home.
- If your water is supplied by a private well, the pressure should remain constant; if the well pump cycles continuously for long periods of time to maintain pressure, this could indicate a leak.
If your early detection test indicates a leak – call your New Westminster Plumbing specialist immediately!
When the Pipe Breaks
There are often signs that indicate a water leak, or that a line is about to fail. Many times, a pipe breaking or a joint failure happens over an extended period of time. As pipes corrode from the inside, thinning the walls, you can’t see the effects, often until it’s too late. By paying attention to what sounds are normal in your home, you can prevent a ceiling collapse, mold and mildew formation and a number of other problems associated with a major leak.
Should you hear running water when all fixtures are turned off, this can be a sign of the beginnings of a pipe break or joint failure. If you suspect imminent failure, have a qualified plumber perform a thorough inspection of your plumbing system immediately! Detection when the pipe is just beginning to leak will save headaches and money down the road.