How to Tell if a Pipe Burst Underground

An underground water leak can put your home at risk for water damage. If a pipe bursts, you may notice a few signs inside and outside your home. Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Greater Syracuse can help you recognize these signs and repair your plumbing.

1. Potholes or Sinkholes Around Your Lawn

These holes indicate a faulty pipe. Dips in your yard or even cracks in the concrete can point directly to the leak and help the plumbers find it. Reach out to a plumber to help prevent foundational damage.

2. High Water Bills

If your water bill increases drastically with no change in your usage, you may have a leaking or burst pipe. Check your meter monthly to monitor how much water you use regularly. If that number fluctuates significantly, you should call a professional for assistance.

3. Fluctuating Water Pressure

The city is usually responsible for your water pressure, but a burst pipe can drastically affect it, too. If your municipality hasn't notified you about a change in water pressure, you could have cracked, clogged or eroded pipes.

To check your water pressure, turn on your shower and let it run for a minute. Then, flush the toilet. If the shower stops running, your water pressure is low.

4. Puddles or Pooling Water

Puddles on your lawn show water is leaking with no place to go. You might also notice pooling water inside your house, specifically under the sink. There can even be excess water around your sprinkler heads.

5. Discolored Water and Odors

Your plumbing system should redirect dirty water away from your home. When that water can't escape to the sewer, you might notice a smell throughout your home. Discoloration can also come from rusted or eroding pipes, which can quickly turn into a leak or a burst pipe if left alone.

When you notice air, dirt, discoloration or smells in your water, contact a professional to inspect the situation.

6. Overly Green Grass

If your lawn has one section that is much greener than the rest, it's likely getting more water from an underground source. If you find a green patch that persists, it could point to a leak underground.


Contact Mr. Rooter Plumbing for Assistance

If you suspect an underground pipe burst, speak to a plumber as soon as possible. We offer emergency services to find the burst pipe and prevent further property damage. Contact Mr. Rooter Plumbing today for more information!