Many people are unaware of what to look out for in the event of suspected damaged pipes. It’s important for homeowners to familiarise themselves with the warning signs that can indicate pipes are at their breaking point. When broken or damaged pipes are left unattended, it could quickly result in a more costly and severe issue.
We’ve put together five symptoms of damaged pipes you should look out for.
Increased Water Bill
A water bill that is higher than usual is one of the most accurate signs of damaged pipes as it provides you with an actual record of water consumption within your home. Look at previous monthly water bills. If they have recently been increasing excessively, it’s a common indicator that your pipes are leaking.
Low Water Pressure or Flow
A lower water pressure or flow than normal is a common sign of damaged pipes. Water pressure and flow are two different things; water flow refers to the physical volume of water received from your taps, shower head, bath etc. If there is less flow, there’s likely to be a hefty leak somewhere along your pipes. Water pressure refers to the force of the water coming out of taps. A decreased pressure could indicate your pipes have expanded, cracked or burst.
If you’re experiencing bad smells around your bathroom or kitchen, it could indicate a cracked pipe. Mould and mildew are forms of fungus that can grow when there is an increased amount of moisture, and it’s this that leave behind musky smells and odours.
One of the most common signs of damaged pipes is persistent blockages. Blockages are often associated with debris, grease, hair and food that have built up over time. A pipe that experiences blockages more regularly than they should, even after a CCTV inspection or a thorough cleaning, is likely to be broken.
Keep an eye out for spots of damp within your home, as this can also indicate a damaged pipe. Damp spots should be taken care of immediately, as a build-up of moisture can quickly result in mould or mildew growing in your home; something that can cause serious health issues due to being extremely toxic.
If your home is experiencing any of these warning signs, you should get in touch with a draining professional as soon as possible. Allowing bad smells, high water bills and blockages to continue, you are running the risk of further, more extensive damage and high repair costs.
Here at Drain Checker, we can help. We carry out repairs to the latest no-dig technologies to help reduce costs and environmental issues. For more information, you can get in touch with the team via our contact page or by giving us a call on 0800 849 8099.