Burst pipes are a problem that you have hopefully never had to deal with before. Considering that you clicked on this article, that’s unfortunately probably not the case. However, understanding the causes of burst pipes can help you know what to do in the event of a burst pipe as well as how to avoid broken pipes in the future. If you have an emergency, feel free to reach out to us at Royal Restoration in order to get your broken pipe fixed.
Causes Of Burst Pipes
Cold weather can cause a lot of damage to your pipes. When winter comes around, pipes can freeze through. Frozen water expands, pushing up against the sides of the pipes and causing immense pressure. The pressure causes the pipes to burst and any liquid water to flood into your home or yard. The best way to avoid having burst pipes during cold weather is to make sure that your pipes are insulated and that you run water through your pipes frequently during the winter.
Another one of the common causes of burst pipes is age. The older a pipe is, the more worn out it will become. Pipes, especially galvanized pipes, can begin to rust and rust all the way through over time. This can block the flow of water, causing the pipe to burst. The acidity of your water can also cause your pipes to slowly corrode, and eventually lose their integrity.
As previously mentioned, rust can form within pipes, causing water blockage and burst pipes. However, there are other ways that pipes can become blocked. Living near a beach or having a construction project near your home can cause blockage in your pipes due to settled sediment. And over time, excrement, food, and other things that you flush or drop down your drain can cause blockage. When your pipes get blocked, call a plumbing company to get them unstuck.
Plant roots can also present a problem for your pipes. If your trees are planted near your house, there is a good chance that over time their roots grow under the home. Roots are attracted to water, so the roots will naturally reach for your pipes. Larger trees have longer, thicker roots and eventually, those roots can encroach on your pipes, causing them to burst. Avoid this by planting trees and bushes away from your plumbing system and getting your pipes checked occasionally for breaks or root breaches.
Lastly, maintenance is recommended for your pipes. Any of the previously mentioned issues can be avoided by having your pipes routinely checked out. Having your plumbing maintained includes having clogs removed, pipe cleaning, and checking for any rust or roots within and around the pipes.
Do You Have A Burst Pipe?
If you are dealing with a burst pipe, you need to reach out to us at Royal Restoration immediately. We not only have the expertise to help quickly repair the pipe, but we also have experience with cleaning up flooding and restoring damaged pipes, walls, and flooring. We also provide restoration and remediation services for mold, fire, and smoke damage. If you are in need of restoration services, feel free to reach out to us at Royal Restoration today.