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.