When it comes to home maintenance, plumbing is often one of the last things on people’s minds, that is until a pipe burst out for no apparent reason. A burst pipe is considered an urgent and significant problem, as water rushes out and can cause extensive damage or flooding.
So why do pipes burst?
One of the most common causes of burst pipes is freezing water. If you’ve lived in colder climates, then you may be aware and know to look out for burst pipes when the cold weather causes the water in your pipes to freeze. This is a simple scientific fact that water expands when frozen, thus putting pressure on pipes. But what if you live in a warmer region?
Pipes can also burst anywhere other than cold areas. Here are other potential causes that homeowners should be aware of:
There are many ways a pipe can become clogged other than frozen water. This can range from tree roots or leaves to a build-up of hair and other non-degradable items that get disposed into pipes, whether intentionally or unintentionally. Similar to the frozen water, this puts pressure on the pipes to the point where bursting occurs when there is no other way for the pressure to escape.
Old, Rusty Pipes
Since pipes are not visible to us, we tend to forget that they too have a shelf life. Over time, older pipes that become rusty make them vulnerable to water flow demands and increased wear. Pipes must be inspected regularly to ensure you do not have a ‘ticking time bomb’ behind your walls or underground. This is especially the case with older homes.
Incorrect or Improper Installation
Again, since we cannot see pipes behind our walls or beneath the floors, it may be challenging to identify a bad installation job, even in a newly built home. Pipe leaks can happen even if it’s just the connection between pipes that were not soldered correctly. If you notice hissing noises, unusual moisture, or low water pressure, it is best to have your pipes checked out if it leads to a burst pipe.
If you happen to come across a burst pipe, it can be a shock, mostly when it happens indoors. Firstly, stay calm and shut off the water mains as soon as possible. Then, call a professional plumber immediately. Of course, as the saying goes, ‘prevention is better than cure’, so it is also worthwhile to book a routine check and service of all your pipes with a professional.
Wild Water Plumbing are fast and friendly Sydney Plumbers that service Sydney’s North Shore and Northern Beaches local community. We provide professional, reliable, and on-time services from routine checks to dealing with emergency water bursts. With over 11 years of experience and a trusted business in the area, we rise to the occasion and stand out from the rest, as the best!
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