Are you dealing with burst pipes?

It is never easy to deal with burst pipes in your home. The sheer amount of damage that water can cause in such a short period of time can make your head spin! Not to mention the repair costs. Water extraction, pipe repair, drying, new drywall, and so on. In the winter of 2010, the average cost of pipe burst repairs was around $20,000… Yikes!

Frozen Pipes

The most common issue encountered when dealing with Burst Pipes was pipes that had been exposed to temperatures low enough to freeze. Keep in mind that much of a house’s piping can run beneath or in areas where heating does not reach.

When exposed to those conditions, water freezes inside the pipe, naturally expanding the metal and causing tears in the pipe itself, resulting in noticeable pressure loss and water leaks.

Structural Damage

Aside from the most common cause of zed damage, there are a few others that are less well-known. For example, did you know that a pipe can burst due to the house’s framework?

Time structures settle in various ways depending on the medium on which they are built. Some may end up settling directly on top of the pipes, potentially damaging them and necessitating their replacement. A burst pipe of this type can be expensive because it can go unnoticed for a long time, causing all kinds of damage, including the need for foundation repair. One of the reasons it’s critical to call an emergency plumber at the first sign of pressure loss.

Pipe Corrosion

Corrosion is next on our list. This one, I believe, is the least preventable. Unfortunately, this one will just happen over time. Corrosion occurs as a result of the oxidation of the pipe while it is carrying water and other chemicals. Steel pipes are particularly prone to corrosion.

Another factor that accumulates over time is calcium buildup. The buildup could eventually result in a blockage, causing pressures to build up and weaken the metal. As a result, the situation is repeated.

Root Damage

Plants and trees are far more fascinating than we give them credit for. They have this incredible ability to detect the presence of water. They will “feel” out the area for water using their roots, making their way down into wherever the moisture is. Because your pipes generally carry water and are buried underground, they are an ideal candidate for destruction. To gain access to the water inside, the roots will push their way through small cracks.

Preventing Burst Pipes

As previously stated, the costs of repairing any type of pipe burst can be prohibitively expensive if not handled properly. To minimise risk, know the set of procedures you will follow to deal with any damaging water leak.

Here are some simple tips to help prevent future pipe leak damage.

  • Knowing where your stopcock is can save you hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in damage repair when seconds count. For those who don’t know, the stopcock is the main shut off valve for your water. You should also know how to use it so that you can quickly turn off the water supply in the event of an emergency.
  • Check that any outside piping, such as overflow pipes, is properly insulated.
  • Any piping in an unheated area, such as a garage, loft, or basement, must be lagged with good pipe lagging.
  • Ensure that any outside pipes are dug deep enough.
  • If you are going to be gone for an extended period of time, turn off the stopcock. Allow the water to drain before closing the faucets. (Important) Make sure your heating is turned on.
  • Maintain your central heating system on a regular basis.
  • Wrap your cold water tank in insulation.
  • Before a cold spell, repair any dripping faucets.

The more you can do to help prevent disasters and act decisively when they occur, the better your wallet and mind will be!

By following these steps, you can repair a burst pipe quickly and easily and avoid any further damage and costly repairs. Remember, it’s always best to call a professional plumber if you’re unsure of how to fix a burst pipe.

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