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Water main breaks in Philadelphia

Plumber connecting new pipe to broken water main

A water main in the Frankford section of Philadelphia burst on December 23, causing widespread flooding throughout the neighborhood that left many people stranded and forced others to evacuate the area. The main, which was located at the intersection of Frankford and Torresdale Avenues, caused major service disruptions through the city.

According to, the water main was 4 feet wide and located 20 feet underground. It was installed 100 years ago.

Incidents like this aren't unique to Philadelphia. DC Water reports that the Washington metro area experiences 400 to 500 water main breaks every year, most of which occur in the winter months when pipes contract and expand due to the cold and ice. As such, it isn't uncommon for residents of the Beltway to have to deal with these problems at least once a year.

If there is a water main break in your area, the main thing that you'll have to do is wait. Water delivery will probably be disrupted as Ashburn, VA water main service contractors are sent to the site of the break to fix it. Once the main is back in place and providing water, you'll want boil the water that comes out of your pipes if you plan to drink it, as service on water mains tends to stir up sediment and contamination. The water company will advise when it's safe to discontinue boiling.

For any water main and DC plumbing services that you require, we recommend calling John C. Flood today to take care of the problem right away. In the middle of winter, running out of hot water and encountering other issues isn't something you want to delay fixing.