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Why Do Water Pipes Burst?

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Pipes are an integral part of any plumbing system, responsible for carrying water to and from various fixtures and appliances throughout your home or business. While they are designed to withstand a certain amount of pressure, water pipes can burst for a variety of reasons, resulting in costly water damage and repairs. In this article, we will explore the common causes of water pipe bursts and provide tips on how to monitor and prevent them.

Pipe Bursts Explained

A water pipe burst occurs when the pipe becomes compromised, and water can leak out. This can happen for several reasons, including movement in the pipes, high water pressure, corrosion, and clogs.

Why Water Pipes Burst in Winter

One of the most common reasons for water pipes to burst is freezing temperatures. When the water inside a pipe freezes, it expands, putting pressure on the pipe walls. If the pressure is too great, the pipe can burst. Therefore, water pipes are more likely to burst in the winter when temperatures are at their lowest.

Movement in Pipes

Pipes are typically installed in a fixed position, but over time they can shift due to changes in the ground or building foundation. This movement can put added pressure on the pipes, which can lead to bursting.

Water Pressure

Water pressure refers to the amount of force with which water flows through the pipes. If the pressure is too high, it can cause the pipes to burst. This can happen for a variety of reasons, including faulty pressure regulators or water meter installations, as well as sudden changes in water demand.

Pipe Corrosion

Corrosion refers to the gradual wearing away of the pipe material due to exposure to water and other elements. This can weaken the pipes and make them more susceptible to bursting. Pipe corrosion is more likely to occur in older homes with pipes made of materials such as galvanized steel or iron.

Water Pipe Clogs

Water pipes can also burst due to clogs, which can block the flow of water and cause pressure to build up inside the pipe. Clogs can be caused by a variety of things, including debris, grease, and even tree roots.

Monitoring Your Water Pipes

Preventing water pipe bursts starts with regular monitoring and maintenance of your plumbing system. Here are some tips on how to do this:

  • Check for signs of leaks or moisture on the pipes, valves, and fittings.
  • Inspect the pipes for any visible damage or corrosion.
  • Make sure the water pressure in your home is within the recommended range (usually between 40 and 80 psi).
  • Consider installing a water pressure gauge to monitor pressure levels.
  • Have a professional plumber inspect your plumbing system regularly, especially if you have an older home.

If you do experience a water pipe burst, it is important to act quickly to minimize damage and prevent further issues. SERVPRO® is here to help with water damage restoration services. Our team of trained technicians will assess the situation and implement a plan to remove the water and repair any damage caused by the burst pipe.

Is a broken water pipe an emergency?

Yes, a broken water pipe can be considered an emergency, especially if it is causing significant water damage to your property. It is important to turn off the water supply and contact a professional plumber or water damage restoration company like SERVPRO® as soon as possible to prevent further damage.

In conclusion, water pipes can burst for a variety of reasons, including freezing temperatures, movement in the pipes, high water pressure, corrosion, and clogs. By understanding the common causes of water pipe bursts and taking steps to monitor and maintain your plumbing system, you can help prevent costly water damage and repairs.

If you do experience a water pipe burst, it is important to act quickly to minimize damage and prevent further issues. SERVPRO® is here to help with water damage restoration services. Our team of trained technicians will assess the situation and implement a plan to remove the water and repair any damage caused by the burst pipe.

If you have any questions or concerns about water pipe bursts, or if you need help with water damage restoration, don't hesitate to contact SERVPRO®. Our team of experts is here to help you keep your home or business safe and functioning properly. Whether you need emergency water damage restoration services or just want to learn more about preventing water pipe bursts, SERVPRO® has the knowledge and expertise to help. Call us today to schedule a consultation or to request service. With over 2000 franchises across the United States and Canada, there is never a SERVPRO far away. We service 90% of all US zip codes within two hours and are dedicated to returning your space to preloss condition. Give us a call and let us make it “Like it never even happened.” ®

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