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Five Signs You Might Have A Leaky Or Burst Pipe

water damage restoration mcdonoughBurst pipes are one of the most devastating sources of potential water damage in your home. Even a small crack in a pipe can cause thousands of gallons of water to flood into your home in a matter of hours. To prevent such a disaster, it’s important that you remain on the lookout for indications of leaky or burst pipes.

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Here are five of these indications to look out for from our water damage restoration team at Restoration 1 of McDonough.

Unusual Sounds

Leaking pipes within your walls can cause strange sounds to spread throughout your home. Usually, this comes from dripping water but it may not always sound exactly like dripping water since the sound is muted by the walls. Either way, if you notice any unusual sounds that could be from water, you should get your pipes looked at right away.

Water Stains Or Wet Spots

Another symptom of a burst water pipe is water marks on the wall. Most pipes run behind the walls and if they’re leaking or burst, they can leave marks on the wall. You may also notice the dampness on the walls or squishy parts. These spots are very unsightly and can limit the resale value of your home. Call a plumber to check it out before you find yourself with a bigger problem.

Discolored Water

When water pipes burst in the ground, dirt and other contaminants can get into the water. Over time, an undiscovered burst pipe will rust. The rust particles give the water a brownish tint. Additionally, rust sets up a breeding ground for bacteria, which can cause significant health issues. This may also result in the water smelling bad like rotten eggs. It’s very important you call a plumber for help if you notice this since the smell could be coming from hydrogen sulfide emanating from leaking sewage.

High Water Bill

A leak means that you are constantly using, and paying, for extra water. While no one wants to pay extra for water they aren’t using, there is one advantage to this. An unusually high water bill can tip you off to a leak in your home. As you get your water bill each month, check your water usage levels to see if anything looks out of place. If your usage levels have become unusually high for no apparent reason, it’s likely that you have a leak somewhere using up your water. 

Visible Mold Growth

Mold is often an inevitable consequence of water damage. If notice mold in your home, search for the source of the mold to see if there is a water damage problem contributing to the mold growth.

While any one of these signs on their own may not seem like a major issue, they can tip you off to a larger water damage threat under the surface. Give us a call at Restoration 1 of McDonough without delay if you notice any of these issues in your home so we can repair the damage and fix any larger, underlying issues.

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