The pipes that run through your house are largely unseen. You can hear the water running through them when you are home, but you cannot anticipate when these pipes could burst. If you’re curious about how 24-7 Plumbing And Drain can help you in this emergency, read on to see how we help our customers. We’re always glad to be able to support you when you need it most.
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What Causes Burst Pipes?
Pipes can burst due to a number of reasons. Usually the most common culprit is a clog. A clog can build up and eventually cause the pressure in the pipe to push outward, damaging the walls of the pipe.
Other times it can be due to age. Older pipes have less strength, and so their connections are easier to break.
Other causes of burst pipes can include:
- Cold temperatures: During cold winter nights the temperatures can be low enough to freeze the water in the pipes. As the frozen water expands, it can cause ruptures at weak points within the pipe.
- Tree roots: Tree roots searching for water can wrap themselves around your pipes. If they apply enough pressure, they can eventually crush the pipes.
- Hard water: Hard water contains minerals and sediment that can damage the walls of the pipe as it flows by. Eventually this can degrade the durability of the walls and cause the pressure from the water to break that area.
How Can You Avoid This Problem?
Burst pipes cannot always be avoided, but you can help prevent them. Keeping an eye out for certain signs can help you to catch the early warnings of burst pipes.
Your home plumbing makes sounds that you can monitor. If you hear odd noises within your plumbing system, you need to make sure that those sounds are not coming from a leak.
Small leaks in your pipes can linger for a long time before they burst. Getting these small leaks repaired early helps prevent a large crack from forming. This large crack could produce a burst, and repairing that crack stops the problem before it has a chance to cause further damage.
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Why Should You Work with 24-7 Plumbing and Drain?
Our plumbers can repair burst pipes in a number of ways. Burst pipes that are exposed in the attic or basement can be replaced. Full access to the pipe allows us to remove the whole section of pipe and replace it with something more substantial.
We may find that your home plumbing system is designed with defective or faulty piping. Old piping that is no longer suitable for building may need to be replaced to prevent other burst pipes in the future.
When handling a burst pipe behind a wall, we will cut into the wall to access the pipe. In these circumstances, we will saw out the broken section of pipe and fuse in a new section.
Our plumbing team is trained to handle burst pipes in the home, but you must be diligent on your part as well. If you hear odd noises or suspect a leak, call us for assistance.