January 12th, 2012
No homeowner ever wants to discover a water pipe that has burst within their home. Broken or busted pipes cause leaking water that in many cases will do significant damage to the surrounding area effecting a home and most of the plumbing within it.
The reason that many water pipes burst is due to both the weather and the tempurature. Water expands as it freezes and if this expansion occurs in a closed environment, such as a water pipe, there could be substantial pressure placed on the inner walls of the pipe material. Whether the pipes are made out of copper, iron, lead, or CPVC plastic, it does not matter. Even if a pipe is strong enough to handle the occasional stress of frozen water, the cumulative effect can weaken the structural integrity of the pipe and eventually, it will burst as the pipe thaws.
Good news for homeowners is that most pipes are protected from bursting because they are either covered with insulation or are located in places that very rarely reach the freezing tempurature of water. However, there may be sections of pipe that are often exposed to freezing tempuratures or have issues because of insulation failure. The frozen water within the pipes causes blockage, which combined with water pressure and backup, can cause weakened pipes to burst without warning.
We, as professionals here at John C. Flood, highly recommend that you keep water flowing through pipes during cold weather (leave a trickle of water flowing through home faucets during a cold weather event). Also, if you have been having issues with this already, it can prove necessary to shut off your main water supply immediately to minimize any future damage.
Upon discovery of a burst water pipe, please call As Soon As Possible to find the leak and repair the damage.
Some precautionary measures you can take are:
January 12th, 2011
The blistering winter cold can wreak havoc in many ways during the winter season. Frozen pipes in your home and the potential they may burst is one of the more damaging and costly. There are some measures and pre-cautions you can take to eliminate or greatly reduce the potential for pipes to freeze and burst. The following are measures and tricks you can implement and put into place to avoid this potentially disastrous and costly repair: Read more…