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Signs of a Busted Water Pipe in your Loma home

3/22/2022 (Permalink)

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While the most obvious sign of a burst pipe is a massive water leak, there are symptoms of a burst pipe that homeowners may notice before severe water damage occurs. Watch out for common signs of a pipe burst, which include:

If you notice any of the following signs of a busted water pipe, call a professional SERVPRO of Grand Junction.

Fluctuating Water Pressure

When water pressure begins to fluctuate, it might be a busted pipe somewhere in the house. Pressure changes are complex on your home's plumbing system, and they can damage pipe fittings.

Noises in the Walls

If it isn't running somewhere in the house, you shouldn't hear the water. If you notice hissing or gurgling noises inside the walls, you probably hear water reacting to fluctuating pressure in leaky pipes. The sounds tend to be louder in lines with small diameters.

Discolored, Smelly 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, the rust sets up a breeding ground for bacteria, which can cause significant health issues. If the water smells like rotten eggs, that could be a sign of leaking sewage.

Water Marks

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.


Excess moisture caused by a burst pipe can cause mold problems. However, if you notice an excessive amount of mold or mildew, it's time to call a professional to investigate and diagnose the problem.

Your water bill is suddenly spiking.

Small drips from faucets can waste more than 100 gallons of water a year. If your water bill is suddenly out of control without significant shifts in use, you may have a pipe leaking into your home's ground or another area.

If your home falls victim to a water emergency, you must act quickly to limit the damage done. Time is of the essence. Contact SERVPRO of Grand Junction at 970-241-8181

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