How Does a Burst Pipe Happen?

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Interrupting your day, causing a huge mess, and taking up a great deal of time, effort, and money. A burst pipe is one of the worst plumbing issues a homeowner can experience. Pipes can burst without warning, causing the need for immediate attention from a plumbing expert.

The plumbers at Tip Top Drain Pros & Plumbing Experts are experts in handling emergency plumbing situations like a burst pipe efficiently and effectively as they arise.

However, as a homeowner, it is important to know as much as you can about your plumbing systems, how accidents happen, and what you can do to prevent plumbing emergencies.

What Went Wrong?

There are a few reasons a pipe can burst, a common one being extremely cold temperatures. In California, we are fortunate enough to have a warmer climate, meaning our pipes aren’t placed under stress from the cold.

While Californians dodge the cold weather bullet, we aren’t immune to all the causes of a burst pipe. If your water pipes aren’t secured correctly, they will move around as water is suddenly turned on and off. The constant bumping and clanging against hard surfaces takes its toll on your pipes, weakening them, and providing a perfect situation for a malfunction.

Water pressure can also play a role in a burst pipe. If the pressure suddenly increases and shoots through the pipes, it can cause a fracture. From there, it’s only a matter of time before the fracture causes a big mess.

Pipes are made to last a long time, but as the old adage says: nothing lasts forever. Pipes can become corroded due to water pH imbalances, and hard water. The corrosion weakens your plumbing and eventually creates the perfect situation for a burst.

Preventing Damage

Thankfully, there are some things homeowners can do to help avoid the mess of a burst pipe:

  • Secure your pipes - If you hear your pipes clanging in the walls, contact a professional to get them back into place safely.
  • Fix your water pressure - If your water pressure is unusually high, check your pressure gauge. The recommended pressure level is between 30 and 50 psi.
  • Invest in a water softener - Test your water and consider making a change to combat hard water that could be corroding your pipes.

The best thing you can do when you have any plumbing concerns is to call the professionals. Tip Top Drain Pros & Plumbing Experts plumbers are prepared to provide you with excellent service and effective plumbing solutions. Give us a call at (833) 207-0817 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.