What Causes Pipes To Burst?

water splashingHaving your kids call in to report a burst pipe, just as you’re about to take that well-deserved break at work, can be a total buzz kill! Burst water pipes are among the more common plumbing problems many homeowners face. They usually occur without warning. And are often indications of a much larger problem.

Below are some reasons that may cause your water pipes to burst.

  • Frozen Water

High school physics tells us that water expands while freezing. While this may have been a remarkable fact to explore during science class, it’s not exactly great news for your pipes. When water gets stuck in your water pipes and freezes over, it exerts enormous pressure on the pipes. If the spot where the water gets frozen is one with weak seams? You’d have a burst pipe to deal with in no time at all!

  • Clogged Pipes

We have established that ice buildup within pipes from frozen water can lead to burst pipes. But what you may not know is that a clogged pipe is a burst pipe waiting to happen! How? Well, blockages in drainage pipes restrict the flow of water. This blockage causes a buildup of pressure within the lines. Water pipes are built from durable materials. But there is only so much your water pipe can take under consistent high pressure!

  • Aged Pipes

Time and chance happen to us all. The same holds for your trusty water pipes, too! No matter how strong they are, eventually, they begin to wear out. And as they wear out, they become weak. And susceptible to bursting. So, if your home’s drainage system still uses the pipes the plumbers installed in the 80s, the chances that you’d be calling Captain Plumber very soon are high!

  • High Water Pressure

High water pressure seems to be the villain hiding behind the scene of all burst water pipe scenarios. Many other causes of burst pipes usually point accusing fingers to this phenomenon. And quite frankly, you may have little or no control over it! Your municipal water supplier directly controls the pressure of the water flowing through your water pipes. Constant pressure on your water tubes can make them split.

  • Tree Roots

It’s all well and good to want to have a maple tree close to the house. It makes perfect sense for a beautiful yard. And they certainly make the house cooler during hot summer afternoons! But what happens when the roots of your favorite maple tree meet your underground drainage pipes? Your guess is as good as ours! One or the other has got to give way. And it’s not likely that it’d be your tree.

Now that you’ve seen some of the most common causes of burst pipes, what then should you do?

If you’re thinking of calling a plumber near you, then congratulations are in order! You have the right idea! Contact us today at Captain Plumber for all your plumbing needs.

water dripping into bucket

What Do I Do If I Have A Burst Pipe In My Home?

water dripping into bucketWalking into a flooded living room can feel surreal. Almost like you’re reliving the Titanic all over again in your home. As unsettling as this may be, you need not panic when you find out that a burst pipe is responsible for this crisis.

Before you scream mayday, here are a few tips for you to help manage the situation in time for one of our trusty plumbers from Captain Plumber to swoop in and save the day!

Cut Off Water Supply

The first thing you should do the minute you notice water pooling around your home unnecessarily is to turn off the water mains. You can take it a step further and turn off the electricity mains to avoid accidental electrocution from water splashing or pooling around electrical circuits. Better to be safe than sorry!

Drain Those Faucets!

After turning off the water mains, the next thing to do is empty your faucets. Start by opening up your taps so the remaining cold water in the pipes can flow out. This way, you won’t have to worry about frozen pipes if this happened during winter! Next, switch off your water heater and open up the taps to release all the remaining hot water.

Find The Culprit!

You might need your detective skills for this, but if you’re able to locate the leaking pipe(s), it’d make addressing the issue much easier when the plumber comes around. You’d need to be careful, especially if you’re unsure how long the leakage has been so you don’t end up falling through soaked floorboards. Start methodically from room to room and look for telltale signs of peeling paints and water-stained ceiling boards.

Call For Professional Help

If you’ve done the above steps – even if you couldn’t locate the leaking pipe – the next thing to do is to call in the cavalry! Putting a call through to any of the staff at Captain Plumber is as easy as 123! Our licensed and experienced plumbers are always at your beck and call, no matter the situation. You’d be hard-pressed to find any other plumbing service that offers you quality services at affordable rates the way we do at Captain Plumber!

Clean Up The Mess

After the leaking pipe has been found and plugged, damage control is all that remains to be done. The first step is to salvage what you can, especially important documents and heirlooms. The next step is to mop dry every wet area. Open up your windows and turn on your fans to speed up the drying process. It’s also a good idea to treat affected areas with anti-mold disinfectants to prevent a mold outbreak.

Taking care of your plumbing needs – whether it’s a leaking pipe or a clogged drain – will always be a breeze with Captain Plumber on the job. Give us a call today and have one of our awesome staff visit and inspect your home.