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3 Signs You May Have a Broken Pipe


Originally posted on 10/30/2016.

Dirt has been removed from an underground pipe revealing a crack in the pipe.Most of us are not professional plumbers.

While we may have a sense something isn’t quite right with our plumbing, having a plumber take a look to just figure out if you have a broken pipe can cost you an unnecessary service charge. It is always best to call in the pros if you think there might be a problem with your pipes.

But for all of our non-professional home and business owners, there are basic signs that you may have a broken pipe — sight, sound, and smell. Keep reading to learn the most common signs to notice when you have a broken pipe. 

Most Common Signs that You Have a Broken Pipe

  • Bubbling Sounds: When running a sink or flushing a toilet, air that cannot flow through the pipes will cause a gurgling or bubbling noise.
  • Whistle Sounds: Sometimes pipes are damaged and that causes a narrowing portion. The change in flow may cause a high-pitched noise.
  • Banging Sounds: This is common in heating systems that have become loose over time. But, banging sounds may also be a sign your plumbing system is wearing out. You may not have a leak yet, but it’s wise to get it tightened up.
  • Foul Odors: If your sinks are throwing off a bad smell after draining, it may be that you have a break somewhere. Depending on how bad the odor is could point to the severity of the problem. A raw sewage smell may mean that you have a broken underground sewer line. A lesser smell may point to a broken drain with food waste backing up. Basically, if it smells bad, it is bad.
  • Wet Ground or Holes: If a sewer line breaks, it may push wastewater into the yard making it wet or creating a sinkhole.
  • Visible Moisture: If you see that your drywall is damp or you are discovering small puddles around sinks, toilets, or in the basement, that water has a source.
  • Clogs: If you have ongoing problems with slow-moving toilet flushes or backups, there is some obstruction. It may be a clogged area or a broken pipe.
  • Low Pressure: Plumbing systems have a certain steady pressure that forces water through the pipes. If you find low pressure in a specific faucet or in general, there is likely a place where the system is losing its pressure.
  • Without Water: Unless your well pump is broken or the city shut you off, your home should have water. If you don’t, it’s very likely you have a broken water main.

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