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Identifying Damaged Pipes in Your Home

Identifying Damaged Pipes in Your Home

Suspect a leak in your house? Here’s how to spot a damaged pipe.

Your plumbing is a crucial part of your home, so making sure that pipes, drains, and fixtures are properly maintained is a key part of upkeep for any homeowner. Even with careful maintenance and regular inspections, your plumbing is bound to age over the years. After all, your family relies on your plumbing on a day-to-day basis! This makes it important to look for the tell-tale signs of worn out pipes that may need some TLC. Letting damaged pipes get out of hand can be costly and dangerous, so be sure to regularly inspect your pipes for signs of weakness and damage. Here are our tips for identifying damaged pipes in your home.


Stains can be an indicator of plumbing trouble in your home. Often, a leak can cause water damage that will eventually show up as a leak in your wall or ceiling. Dark spots showing through your walls and ceilings can be a serious sign that your pipes are not working as they should. Take this as a sign of damaged pipes and be sure to inspect your plumbing. If you see water stains in your home, be sure to call your trusted plumbing professional to examine your plumbing and perform any necessary repairs.


A leak is a surefire sign of damaged plumbing. One sprung leak can be an indicator of other issues, such as aging pipes and valves throughout your plumbing, not to mention possible insulation issues. If you spot a small leak somewhere in your plumbing, be sure to take care of it quickly to prevent the rest of your plumbing from deteriorating. Leaks can get out of hand quickly, and water damage can be expensive and devastating for your home’s infrastructure when left unchecked.

Flaking or Dimpling

Another thing to look for in your pipes is wear-and-tear. Aging and wear can appear across your pipes as flaking or dimpling through corrosion. Corrosion occurs when water has a high acid content, which can eat away at a pipe’s tubing. If you notice flaking or dimpling in any of your pipes, it’s a good idea to call your plumber for a full examination of your plumbing. Not only can they help to replace any damaged pipes, they can also evaluate the overall health of your home’s plumbing system.

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