How to Identify Leaky or Broken Pipes in Your Home, Business or Rental Property

How to Identify Leaky or Broken Pipes in Your Home, Business or Rental Property

January 26, 2024

When it comes to keeping your home in good repair, its plumbing should be at the top of your list. Leaky and broken pipes often lead to water damage, which can then lead to mold development. The damage that water can potentially cause in your home can be detrimental if not addressed properly. Small leaks and drips can turn into big problems, causing damage to drywall, flooring, even structural and foundation damage. However, dealing with plumbing problems tops the list of the most intimidating tasks among homeowners. Issues that seem insignificant are commonly overlooked, or simply go unnoticed, until they become an emergency. Here are some telltale signs of leaky or broken pipes, that, if identified early on and properly repaired, can save you thousands of dollars and a big inconvenience down the road, plus what to do if it is too late and you are facing a water damage and/or mold situation. Unexplained Water Bill Increase: A sudden spike in your water bill is often the first indicator of a hidden leak. If you haven’t changed your water usage habits but notice a significant increase in your bill, it's time to investigate. Musty Smells or Mold Growth: Leaky pipes often create damp conditions ideal for mold growth. If you notice a musty smell or visible mold in areas where there shouldn't be any moisture, it's a strong sign of a leak. Stains or Damage on Walls and Ceilings: Water stains on your walls or ceilings are a clear sign of plumbing issues. Look out for discoloration, peeling paint, or bulging, which indicate water damage from a leaky pipe. A recent customer of ours discovered a brown stain had formed on the ceiling above the washing machine. The laundry room was beneath a bathroom, where the family dog had been given a bath earlier in the day. The homeowner made a panicked call to us upon finding the stain on the ceiling and we came out within the hour to assess the situation.  We discovered a cell phone lodged deep inside the drain from the previous tenants that had caused the water to back up, creating enough pressure to spring a leak in the drain pipe that leaked onto the drywall below it. Luckily, the homeowner called us right away so there was minimal damage. If she hadn’t called upon discovery, it would have become a much bigger problem.  Audible Dripping Sounds: Sometimes, you can hear the problem before you see it. Pay attention to dripping sounds within your walls, especially when no faucets are turned on. Even a slow drip from a faucet is a cause for concern.Reduced Water Pressure: If you notice a sudden drop in water pressure, it could indicate a leak in your plumbing system. For example, if your showers are less powerful or sinks take longer to fill, consider checking your pipes.Puddles or Damp Ground: Unexplained water puddles inside or outside of your home, or consistently damp ground near your home could suggest a broken or leaky pipe.Cracks in Foundation- Long-term leaks can lead to structural damage, including cracks in your home's foundation. These are serious signs that need immediate attention. Foundation issues are not something you want to mess with, so being proactive and addressing problems before this happens will save your future self a lot of headaches and money. Help Is A Phone Call AwayPlumbing and water issues are enough to give any homeowner nightmares. Statistically, plumbing issues are among the top biggest fears of homeowners when it comes to home repair. Luckily the expert team at Best Option Restoration-DTC are experienced professionals when it comes to water damage repair from faulty plumbing, a leaky water heater, burst pipes and other water issues. Whether it is in your home, a rental property or a commercial site, one call to Best Option Restoration-DTC is your solution. You can count on us to handle the situation professionally, quickly and with ease.  We come prepared Best Option Restoration-DTC isn’t like other water damage repair companies. We are locally owned and operated, meaning we live in the same community as you and will respond quickly when you call. You’ll get a live answer anytime you call, 24/7. When we show up, we are ready to get started right away. Our vans are fully equipped with all of the needed equipment and supplies to fix the problem. With Best Option Restoration-DTC, you will get back to normal faster after you’ve had water damage.  We use a specialized thermal drying technology that dries out the affected area up to 10X faster than traditional methods, and is much more effective at preventing mold growth than traditional methods.  Our technicians are highly trained and experienced in all types of water damage problems and will know what actions to take based on your specific situation. We will provide you with the scope of work so that you understand what to expect.  A Proactive Approach Early detection of leaky or broken pipes can save you from costly repairs and protect the integrity of your home. If you spot any of these signs, it’s advisable to contact the professionals at Best Option Restoration-DTC immediately for a thorough inspection and repair. Your quick action calling us, coupled with our swift response, can significantly reduce the amount of damage your home or business property incurs. Contact Best Option Restoration-DTC at 720-500-5350 or visit for more information and a free estimate today. We are available 24/7 to assist with your water damage emergency in the Denver Tech Center.   Contact Us Best Option Restoration-DTC is a 24/7 Emergency water, fire and mold damage repair company. We are locally owned and operated, licensed and insured. Our experienced technicians will arrive quickly and with a sense of urgency when you call us for help. We work with all insurance companies and are happy to assist you with your claim.  You can depend on Best Option Restoration-DTC to have the best equipment and utilize the latest technology to repair your property fast and professionally. If your home or business has water damage, fire damage, or mold damage, contact Best Option Restoration-DTC for fast, friendly, local service, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 




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