Though it’s warmed up a little this month, temperatures are still down, considering that it’s still winter. This means that there’s still a chance that your pipes will freeze, crack, and/or burst, so make sure that you can identify a burst pipe and its warning signs.
Small Ways to Identify a Burst Pipe
You may be surprised to learn that you don’t have to have eyes on the pipes at all to be able to figure out that something is wrong. Just by looking at your water bill, you may be able to determine if there has been an excess of water used (or “used,” in the case of a leak) in the past month, or in the past year. “Variations in water consumption are usually seasonal depending mainly upon the outdoor water requirements, so a review of water bills from the past twelve months can help you realize the differences, if any.”
Not sure where to go in order to check on these numbers? You don’t have to wait for the bill; you can call your utility company and chat with them about your water usage whenever you have the time. If they alert you to an “uptick” in your water use, then that is likely the best way to identify a burst pipe, and a sign that you should call a professional.
That aside, there are certainly other ways that you can figure out whether or not you have pipes to fix. If you hear dripping, see water stains or damage, or notice that some of your outdoor greenery looks more well-watered than other parts, then those could all point to a potential burst pipe. Just be aware and keep an eye out for things like this so you can address potential issues as quickly as possible and avoid damage to your home.
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