A hidden water pipe leak could cause chaos in your home and add to your monthly bills. If a leaking pipe is not dealt with properly, it can cost thousands of dollars in property damage. When your water costs start to seem unusually high, you should inspect to determine whether there is a pipe leak.
The pipe leak must be fixed as soon as possible. There is a misconception that is the responsibility of the condo management or the HDB’s to repair the pipe leakage. However in actual fact, it is the home owner’s responsibility to have the pipe leakage fixed.
What causes pipe leak or pipe burst?
One of the common causes for pipe leakage or pipe burst is clogging. If you ignore a clog in your pipe for a few more months, it will eventually cause damage to your pipe. Clogging is a problem in and of itself, but it can also lead to another plumbing problem: a pipe leak when your pipe can no longer handle the water pressure.
Unknown to some homeowners, they installed a plumbing gauge to boost the water pressure. However, if the pressure is greater than your pipes can take, you risk breaking a plumbing fixture in your home. It is preferable to seek the assistance of an experienced plumber in Singapore like us, Plumbing Hub Express who can recommend a water pressure cap for your property.
Also, the gauge, screws, and plumbing fittings around your home’s water pipes can all loosen up with time. When this happens, leaks can occur, causing damage to the region around the pipes and resulting in water pipe leakage.
Lastly, the age of the water pipes is also another reason for pipe leakage or pipe burst. If you just move into a new BTO flat or condo, your water pipes should be relatively new and generally, water pipes can last for about 10 years. However, if you are currently residing or moved into a property that has been built for more than 10 years, it will be good to engage an experienced plumber in Singapore like us, Plumbing Hub to have a check on your pipes’ conditions so that actions can be taken before pipe leakage or pipe burst happens.
What are the signs of pipe leakage or potential pipe burst?
Sometimes it’s difficult to detect a leaking pipe or potential pipe burst when it is hidden from sight or has a very small amount of water coming out.
Turning off all water sources at home and checking the water meter for movement that signals flowing water is always a good place to start when looking for concealed leaking pipes. This is a sign that there is a pipe leak someplace.
One of the straightforward ways to spot pipe leakage or potential pipe burst will be a sudden upsurge of your water bill. The stronger the pipe leak is, the larger the increase in your water bill. Even when the leak is severe, it can be difficult to determine whether the pipe is hidden beneath the floor, inside the walls, or outside the home. However, if your electric and water bills have increased unexpectedly, you have reason to believe that a plumbing pipe in your water supply network has a problem.
Another tell-tale sign of a leaking pipe is if you notice a blotch, a spot, or a washed-out paint color on the wall. Some leaky pipes hidden between the walls leave a pattern on the wall’s surface that appears to be discoloration or an unusual color on the paint. A leaking pipe will display dark patterns or spots if your walls are painted light colors. Inspect your walls if you notice anything like this because wet spots on the wall usually signify a worsening of the leaking pipe.
As we all know, mold and mildew grow when there is moisture in a certain region of the house. Mold and mildew thrive in damp, wet environments, which can only be generated when water is present. Under the sink and in the toilet bowl, search for signs of mold and mildew. Mold and mildew commonly form in certain sections of old homes and plumbing systems. If you recently purchased a condo unit or HDB flat from a previous owner, you should inspect all of the water sources in the plumbing network to ensure that the pipes are in good working order. However, if mold and mildew are forming near the water source, you should contact a professional plumber in Singapore like us, Plumbing Hub to repair or replace any old pipes that are leaking or are ready to leak.
Damaged floors are also a sign of a leaking pipe. Leaks on the pipes under the floor are known as slab leaks. You may check whether you have one by shutting off all of your home’s faucets and water outlets and inspecting your floor for evidence of moisture or wetness. Some major pipe leaks that have worsened create a pool of water in an area of the house. Go check your basement or the area of the floor that is covered under the carpet or other floor covering.
Part of a home plumbing system is a pipe that is connected to the sewer. This pipe’s job is to drain your home’s used, unclean water into the sewers. However, if this plumbing pipe breaks or leaks, there will be no effective drainage of dirty used water from your home to the sewers, and the foul smell from the sewers will be able to pass through the breakage or leak.
Lastly, if you can hear the movement of water rushing out of the pipe, it means that pipe leakage has escalated. This is a more serious level of pipe leakage that needs the assistance of plumbers and repairmen.
If you notice any of the above signs, contact Plumbing Hub via WhatsApp or call us at +65 8126 2092 to schedule an appointment right away to repair pipe leak or pipe burst. Depending on the severity of the pipe leakage, re-piping may be needed. You can count on us to deliver professional and reliable service with quality workmanship.