No matter how diligent you are about maintenance, you can still be inconvenienced with pipe issues — especially if you live in an older home. However, you don’t have to reside in a home that’s 40 years or older to experience pipe issues.
Residents of Kane, Kendall, Cook and DuPage Counties have long benefited from Old World Plumbing’s pipe repair services, including:
- Copper pipe repair
- Pipe leak repair
- Emergency pipe repair
- Pipe maintenance
- Pipe replacement (including whole house)
The most common warning signs you might have a leaking pipe needing repair
Most homeowners are surprised at how much damage a leaking pipe can cause. The physical damage can be extensive, and the increase in the water bill will also come as a shock. Because most pipes are located beneath floors and behind walls, pinpointing exactly where a leak is occurring isn’t always easy. Warnings signs to watch for include damaged ceilings/floors, mold, strange odors, high water bills and low water pressure.
Damaged ceilings and/or floorsDiscoloration, bubbling, warping or sagging are all signs that water has compromised your ceilings and/or floors. While it’s possible that humidity could be the culprit, it might very well be a leaking pipe.
MoldMold loves moisture, so if you’ve got it growing on your walls you know you’ve got some sort of leak. Take care of it quickly because mold can be a health hazard.
Strange odorA musty smell often presents itself when there is a pipe leak. If you can find the affected area, clean it and see if the smell dissipates. If it does not, you’ve probably got a leaking pipe.
High utility billEven a slow trickle will add up to gallons and gallons of water loss throughout a day. This will show on your water bill, even if it hasn’t yet made itself obvious in your home.
Low water pressureLow water pressure is typically associated with clogged pipes, but it can also result from a leak.
If you notice any of these common warning signs of a leak, contact Old World Plumbing immediately.
What should you do if you have burst or ruptured pipes?
When a pipe springs a leak, it’s no small emergency. Not only will the water damage the property, there is risk of ongoing mold and mildew to contend with as well as potential electrocution issues. So, what should you do if your pipes burst or rupture?
Stop the flow of waterNot everyone knows where their main shutoff valve is to the house, but it’s usually where the water line enters the home. If you can’t locate it, a plumber from Old World Plumbing will.
Call Old World PlumbingDo not walk into standing water because it could be in contact with an electrical appliance, which presents the risk of electrocution. Call Old World Plumbing immediately.
Locate the ruptureIf you’re able to shut down the water, see if you can tell exactly where the affected area is. Old World Plumbing will likely inspect other areas of the house, but this can help point us in the right direction to survey the obvious damage and make the needed repairs.
Call in a cleaning crewOld World Plumbing can give advice for whom to call to completely dry out and clean the flooded area. This offers assurance that you won’t put you and your family in the way of health risks related to mold and mildew.
Our emergency plumbers are ready to upgrade your broken pipes
Old World Plumbing has dedicated professionals at the ready for emergency calls. Nobody plans a plumbing emergency, so when it happens to you we’re ready to assist.
If you’re ready to proactively upgrade old pipes to help prevent an expensive emergency, we’ve got the solution for those much-needed updates. Our highly experienced plumbers can expertly address all your pipe needs, whether it’s a simple repair or a complete house repiping project. Our customer service is unmatched and our performance is guaranteed, so call us at (630) 315-0888 and let’s talk about your plumbing needs.