Burst pipes have the potential to cause a great deal of anxiety and even fear in unsuspecting homeowners. When you see water pouring into your living space or seeping through the walls and ceiling, a lot of unpleasant thoughts come to mind. You worry about water damage, cleanup and repair costs all at once. One of the keys to minimizing damage and getting someone to your home quickly to take control is to align yourself with a high quality emergency plumber.
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Why Do Pipes Burst?
Cold temperatures is one of the main reasons that pipes burst, when the water inside your pipes freezes, it expands beyond the capabilities of the pipe. When it comes to frozen pipes, the most common part of your piping system to freeze is usually the hose bib, since it is outdoors and exposed to the elements. The good news is that you can always call on Gene's Super Techs for frozen outside hose bib replacement!
While frozen pipes are the most common culprit, regular aging and weakening of the pipes combined with the water pressure flowing through them can also cause pipes to burst. If you have trees on your property, the roots may grow toward the water source and end up creating enough pressure to split the pipe.
The Key to Minimizing Damage
The key to keeping water damage at a minimum when you have a burst pipe is taking quick action as soon as it happens. This includes shutting off the water at the main valve and calling an emergency plumber for help. If you really want to get a plumber there fast, try looking for one when you don’t have any plumbing issues. This will allow you to take your time and find one that best suits your budget and expectations. You’ll also have a number to call immediately, condensing the process. The sooner you call, the sooner you’ll have an expert there taking charge of the situation, so have a plan in place.
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Can I Prevent a Burst Pipe?
Frozen pipe prevention is a whole lot easier than dealing with the pipe after it has burst, and while it’s not always possible, there are some measures you can take. During the winter, keeping your faucets running at a trickle can help keep the water in your pipes moving, making it less likely to freeze. Wrapping your pipes to help insulate them is another good way to prevent freezing. You should also have your plumbing system inspected on a regular basis, to ensure the pipes are strong and in good working order.