Broken and Burst Pipes
We Can Help Prevent the Possibility of Broken and Burst Pipes
Harsh winter temperatures can cause broke/burst pipes quickly especially if they are not insulated as they should be. It is critical to ensure all pipes are well wrapped and shielded, as well as repairing any possible leaks before the frigid temperatures of winter hit. Our expert technicians will help to ensure your homes pipelines are well insulated. If a break or burst should occur calling our well-trained staff is important to resolve the issue quickly.
Why is it Important to Make Sure That Pipes are Well Insulated?
When temperatures drop extremely low during the winter pipes will often freeze which can lead to a broken or burst pipe. Under insulated pipes can freeze and break due to the expansion in the pipe. This can cause major damage to a home and the belongings contained inside. Millions of families each year will need to have repairs completed to their home because of a broken pipe due to frigid winter temperatures. These repairs can become very costly as well as reigning in a large water bill depending on the amount of water lost due to a cracked or ruptured pipe.
There are many reasons for a pipe to freeze during cold weather months. Some pipes are more apt to freeze than others because of their location or even the material they are made of.
The most common causes of a frozen pipe are:
Location of pipes- The pipes in these locations are most apt to freeze and burst. (Inside cupboards, exterior walls, unheated areas of the home, plumbing on the exterior of the home.)
Poorly protected, bad insulated pipes.
Exposure to ice because of a result of cracks or gaps at the entry point to the home.
Copper pipes are more apt to freeze and burst
PEX pipes will freeze but not burst
Location of the home in a region where freeze is more apt to happen in the winter.
What Will Cause Pipes to Burst in Cold Weather?
Pipes burst in cold weather because of the expansion of water as it freezes in the pipe. However, the pipe does not burst were the freeze in the line occurs instead it happens between the freeze and a fixture from an extreme amount of pressure being built up. It is recommended to keep the water flowing through the pipes by having the drip slowly when a freeze is imminent, as it allows the pressure to escape.
These are the major causes for burst pipes in cold weather:
- Continued freezing and expansion of water inside a pipe causing pressure to build between the blockage and closed fixture.
- Freezing water expands inside the pipes of your home
- Repeated pressure on a selection of pipe eventually bursts it.
Regardless of the fact that a pipe is sufficiently solid to handle the periodic anxiety of freezes, the total impact can debilitate the overall integrity of the pipeline and inevitably, it will break or burst.
Tips to avoid frozen, broken or burst pipes during cold winter months
There are preventative measures that will help a homeowner avoid the possibility having to have a frozen broken pipe repaired. These are things that can be done by the homeowner and by our professionals jointly. Before winter and especially before freezing temperatures hit homeowners can prep their home accordingly.
- Ensure that all outside hoses are disconnected as a frozen hose can cause more damage than a busted one as they can burst an interior pipe. A freezing hose will cause pressure throughout the homes plumbing system, which it is why it is important to disconnect, drain and store them before freezing temperatures hit.
- Ensure pipes are well insulated make sure they are either wrapped in a foam insulation or thermostatic controlled heating tape.
- Dripping faucets won’t stop a freeze, but they can help slow it, it is recommended that both hot and cold water is running at a slow drip as hot water lines are just as apt to freeze as much as cold water lines are. The best sink or faucet to let drip is the furthest one from where the water leads into your home.
Maintenance, Maintenance, Maintenance is the Key!
Regular maintenance and inspection of pipes and fixtures inside and outside of the home by a professional can help prevent the possibility of broken and burst pipes in the cold winter months. Our technicians will ensure that all insulation is as it should be for each pipeline inside and out and that any repairs that are needed are made. These inspections should be conducted in the fall and or just at the beginning of winter before a hard freeze hits.
It is imperative to call a professional for repairs as soon as possible when a pipe bursts or breaks. Many gallons of water and costly damage can occur to the home the longer it takes to have the repairs made.
When a pipe bursts, first shut down your home’s main water supply, this will help to keep the water damage to a minimum, depending on location the electricity may need to be shut off as well.
Don’t let the frozen pipe that is burst thaw.
Remove water from the area using towels, buckets, mops, and even a wet/dry vac. This will help prevent mold and mildew damage. (this can include also removing important valuable items from the area to keep them from being damaged and lost.
Call us immediately for quick and efficient repairs on the broken or burst pipe.
Doing these items quickly can reduce the costs of damage occurring such as a large water bill, and personal items in the home becoming damaged and possibly lost. Once called our well-trained licensed technicians will arrive quickly and ensure that any repairs needed are made quickly at a very reasonable price.