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How to tell if your water pipe has just broken

Introduction to water main breaks

Water is the lifeblood of our communities, and a water main break can interrupt daily routines and cause major problems. The plumbers that we send, have extensive experience in repairing and restoring water mains.

Identifying the signs of a water main break

A water main break can manifest itself in subtle and non-subtle ways. Here are some key signs to look out for, along with further details on whether the water main needs to be replaced:

Unusual accumulation of water in unexpected areas: This could be standing water on roads, pavements or even in your garden where there shouldn’t be any. If you notice the formation of a new pool of water or existing puddles that seem to dry up quickly but reappear after the rains, it could be a sign of a leak underground. Pay close attention to areas with low spots or depressions in your garden, as they may collect water first.

Significant drop in water pressure: if there is a sudden drop in water pressure throughout the house, affecting all taps and appliances, this could indicate a break in the main line supplying the neighbourhood. This may make simple operations such as taking a shower or washing the dishes difficult. The drop in pressure may be more pronounced during periods of highest water use, such as mornings and evenings.

Sounds indicative of a leak or rupture: Listen for any unusual noises coming from the pipes. Hissing, gurgling or even a persistent banging sound can be signs of a leak or potential break in the water main. These sounds may be more noticeable at night, when there is less background noise. In addition, if you hear bursts of water underground near the house, this is a sure indication of a significant leak.

Immediate action after detection

Essential first steps: If possible, shut off the water supply to the house. The shut-off valve is usually located near the curb or where the water line enters the house. If you cannot find the shut-off valve or if it is too difficult to turn, contact your local water authority immediately. Leave the valve alone to avoid further complications.

When to call in the professionals: Do not try to repair a water main break yourself. These repairs require specialised equipment, expertise and safety protocols. Contact your local water utility company for a professional water main repair. The company has the resources and knowledge to solve the problem safely and effectively.

Call the Emergency Plumber in Portsmouth. We are 24 hours available. After your call, we send in a short time a professional plumber to you. Contact us now, 02394200277.

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