Burst pipes are rare. And while that is certainly a good thing, it leaves many homeowners unprepared when they do face a sudden burst-pipe emergency in their homes. Lacking the knowledge of what to do when a pipe bursts in your home can result in far more damage than necessary—money spent unnecessarily.
Because a burst pipe is usually caused by an issue that worsens over time, understanding what causes a pipe to burst in the first place can help prevent the issue altogether (or at least give you a bit of warning first). Taking a peek at your plumbing system regularly will let you know how your system is doing.
With that being said, here are the most common pipe-bursting issues that homeowners encounter.
Clogs can occur anywhere in your pipes and a severe clog will cause a significant amount of water pressure to build up. While a clog close to a drain (caused by hair, makeup products, etc.) is unlikely to cause damage to your pipes, a clog deeper down can be a significant risk. As water pressure builds up around the clog, it will become too great for the pipe, causing it to leak or burst.
When the temperature drops, water inside your pipes can freeze. If the water freezes to the point of creating a blockage, it can have the same effect as a clog. However, there is also the added risk of ice weakening the bonds in your pipes. In this case, if you run hot water through those cold and weakened pipes, both the ice and the pipe can shatter or burst.
Pipes do experience some regular wear and tear, and homes should be repiped every 50 years or so to avoid worn-out pipes breaking and bursting. However, if more than simply time is at play, you can see corrosion earlier in a pipe’s life. Imbalances in the water’s pH or rust (common for well water since it is high in iron) can compromise the strength of the pipe, causing it to corrode and eventually burst.
While we might bump a pipe beneath a sink now and again, these pipe-bursting movements are usually accidents that go unnoticed. Cold temperatures can cause pipes to contract and shift. Repairs to other areas of your piping system can move or rattle a piece of piping down the line. Sometimes, the water pressure in a certain area can become high enough that it causes movement. When a pipe bursts due to this issue, it is because the moved pipe has caused the water pressure to become too great in a certain vulnerable location.
There are several warning signs to be aware of that could point to a burst pipe:
In any of these cases, it’s time to call in a professional to locate the burst pipe and get it fixed before further damage occurs.
You’ll want to call a plumber right away about a burst pipe. It’s a time-sensitive issue that can quickly lead to costly damages if ignored. However, there are a few things you’ll want to do in the meantime while help is on the way:
Turn off your water supply to keep new water from seeping through the burst pipe.
We can quickly diagnose the problem, and our professionals have the know-how and equipment needed to fix the problem the first time.
Protect your floors and walls from potential water damage as best as you can to prevent further issues.
Drain any water in the sinks, flush toilets to get the water out, and let in some warm air (go slowly if your pipe is frozen to prevent more damage). Keep your doors in your home open to circulate the air and dry the pipes more quickly.
If you need water right away, using a repair sleeve can be a short-term fix until the issue can be repaired.
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