Burst Plumbing Pipes: Causes and Remedies

The plumbing pipes ensure a constant water supply around your property. Therefore, a pipe burst could spell disaster for your home. For example, a burst pipe may cause significant water damage to your home’s foundation, costing you a fortune to fix. Burst pipes also cause water wastage, resulting in higher water bills.


Discover some common causes of burst pipes and what you can do to stop the issues.


Old Pipes


Plumbing pipes have a specific lifespan, which may vary based on the material and exposure to elements. When the pipes exceed this time limit, the water lines cannot take the constant pressure and are more likely to burst.


Therefore, if you have had your plumbing pipes for many years, let a plumber check the pipes’ condition for signs of wear and tear. Then, the professional can recommend that you replace the old plumbing pipes with newer, more durable materials.


Too High-Water Pressure


An unusually high-water pressure for an extended period can cause pipes to burst, as the metal or plastic cannot take the strain any longer. As a result, the pipes will first burst at their weakest points, and eventually, the entire line can break, resulting in a significant water flood.


The maximum recommended water pressure for your home is approximately 75 psi. And you can ensure that the pressure does not exceed this value by installing a pressure-reducing valve. This device automatically keeps the water pressure at a desirable level and will also extend the life of your pipes. But you still need to contact a plumber for regular check-ups to ensure the valve works correctly.


Frozen Water Lines


Any standing water in the pipes can freeze and expand when the temperature drops below freezing point. The expansion may put excess strain on the lines and cause them to burst.


The tricky part about burst pipes due to frozen water lines is that the problem is not easily noticeable until it is too late. The reason is that you notice wet spots or flooding when the temperature rises, ice melts, and water can escape.


The easiest way to prevent frozen water lines is to contact a plumber for heating tape installation around the pipes. Heating tape wraps around the pipes and keeps them warm at all times, so there is no risk of freezing.


Tree Roots


As the roots search for water, they may break through the pipes and cause the water lines to break.


The secret to preventing tree root activity in your pipes is to watch the distance between the tree and your plumbing network. Choose a landscaping design that keeps trees away from the lines and if you suspect that you already have a tree root problem, invest in professional inspection to establish the extent of the damage. Plumbers use camera inspection tools to check if roots have invaded your pipes and decide the best action.


External Damage


External damage is often the result of human error. For instance, suppose you are renovating your bathroom, and the plumber accidentally hits a pipe with a shovel. Or, you may be digging and unknowingly pierce through one of the pipes. Additionally, car wheels running over the pipes can cause them to burst.


To prevent external damage, try to be mindful of your surroundings. For example, keep an eye out for any signs of a potential pipe breakage, and stay away from areas where you suspect there are essential plumbing lines.


Burst plumbing pipes can cause a huge mess in your home. But now that you understand the potential culprits, you can take the necessary steps to prevent them from happening. First, ensure your pipes are in good condition and contact a plumber for regular inspections.


You can trust us at Quality Plumbing for all your plumbing needs. Our experienced plumbers can help you protect and maintain your pipes so that you don’t have to worry about surprises. Contact us for a consultation.