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A burst pipe can be one of the most damaging plumbing emergencies. Depending where in your home the pipe bursts, within minutes your home can fill with water and you can experience severe water and mildew damage on top of a broken pipe.
Main Causes of Burst Pipes
To most people’s surprise, a burst pipe can happen in the Winter or Summer. While freezing temperatures are the most common causes of burst pipes, keeping a lookout for signs of water leakage all year round will help you notice a burst pipe in the early stages.
In the Winter months, a burst pipe can occur when the water inside the pipes freeze. When the ice inside the pipes expands, it can cause pressure on the pipes and over time weaken the structure until a rupture occurs.
While a burst pipe can be one of the most damaging emergencies you can face as a homeowner, it’s also one of the easiest to prevent. By first determining which pipes in your home have the highest chances of freezing in cold temperatures.
Exterior pipes or pipes located in unheated parts of your home can be the most susceptible to lower temperatures. For most cases, an inexpensive foam pipe insulation is enough to protect pipes from cool air. You can purchase this at any hardware store. Installing it on the pipes is quick and easy, and can save you a ton of money and headache in the future.
By sealing off areas of your home where cold air can get in, you are also making it less likely that your pipes will freeze.
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In Case of a Rupture
If you do experience a burst pipe, the first thing you should do is call the professionals. After calling a plumber, your next step should be making sure the main water valve in your home is turned off to prevent any additional water damage or flooding.
When we arrive we will swiftly handle the situation and give you the best service and advice on how to prevent a burst pipe from happening in the future.