When Should I Replace Underground Pipes?

During the long, cold winter months, you probably don’t give your
underground plumbing system much thought. In fact, there’s a good
probability that the ground is frozen for much of the winter in our area,
which would make things a bit more difficult even if there were to be
a problem. Well, now that spring has sprung, temperatures are on the rise
and that means the ground is thawing out. As a result, spring is a great
time of year to consider replacing your underground pipes.

Why is a Leaky Pipe a Serious Problem?

Aside from the fact that you’re wasting water, a leaky pipe is an
issue for a number of other reasons. Will your bills increase as result?
Yes. Could you be incurring structural damage to your home? Yes. Could
unwanted vegetation and other toxins like mold and fungi pop up? You better
believe it.

For those reasons, it’s vital to address water leaks fast and it’s
always best to call in the pros for help.

How Do I Know if My Pipes are Leaking?

Well, since you haven’t paid them much mind throughout the winter,
now is a good time to be on the lookout for leaky pipes. Here are a few
key red flags you should be aware of:

  • Unreasonably high spikes on your water bill

  • Water spots or mold/mildew growth on walls or ceilings

  • Stains or sagging on walls, floors or ceilings

  • Unusual musty odors in or around the house

  • Noticeable rust or corrosion on exposed pipes or appliances

  • Discolored wallpaper or paint

  • Unexplained damp or excessive wet spots in the yard

If you notice any of the above signs, contact an experienced Minneapolis
plumber at
Hero Plumbing right away. A water leak can cause massive damage and threaten your health
and safety. Plus, it can end up costing you tons of money, thanks to unnecessarily
high water bills.