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Why Do Pipes Burst?

Common Causes of Burst Pipes 

Burst pipes can cause significant damage to a property and result in costly repairs. Although it may seem like an out-of-the-blue disaster, there are, in fact, several common culprits behind this plumbing nightmare. Understanding these causes and learning some tips to help prevent them can spare homeowners the headache and financial burden of dealing with burst pipes. This blog post will delve into the common causes of burst pipes and provide some tips to help prevent them.

Cold Weather and Frozen Pipes

Cold weather does not need to be chronic for pipes to freeze. Even just one or two freezes can negatively impact the plumbing system and cause a burst pipe. When the water in pipes changes from liquid to solid, it expands inside the line and causes too much pressure that can cause the pipe to burst. 

Homeowners are encouraged to insulate their pipes to help avoid frozen pipes. The most common materials used for pipe insulation include glass wool, flexible foam, and polyethylene. There are mold-resistant materials available, too, such as flexible elastomeric fiber. A plumber can recommend the best one for a home depending on budget, its effectiveness, and the property itself. 

During extremely cold weather, it is also important to keep the interior doors of a home open to allow warm air circulation. This will help prevent the pipes from freezing as the warm air can reach all areas of the house, including those with exposed pipes. Additionally, when temperatures drop below freezing, letting faucets drip is a good idea. This allows water to flow through the pipes to help prevent them from freezing.

Clogs and Blockages

Pipe clogAside from freezing temperatures, pipes can also burst due to tough blockages. These clogs can be found near the drain or deep inside underground piping. Once a clog occurs, this causes extreme pressure to build behind the blockage and may result in a dangerous rupture.

Homeowners can help prevent clogged pipes by regularly clearing them with professional drain cleaning services. Plumbers can use hydro jet drain cleaning to eliminate any debris in the lines to avoid clog formation. Hydro jetting uses highly pressurized water to break through the buildup that has formed throughout the year. 

Decaying and Corroded Pipes

Corrosion pipeOld, decaying pipes and pipes that have corroded are another cause of burst pipes. This can occur from old age, rust, and harsh chemicals, and when pipe corrosion occurs, it weakens the line, leading to leaks and bursts. Professional drain cleaning and routine plumbing maintenance can help prevent corrosion and catch it before it causes a burst pipe.

Homeowners are also urged to avoid chemical drain cleaners to help prevent pipe decay and corrosion. These mixtures use strong chemicals to break up clogs but can harm the piping material. Scheduling professional drain cleaning is a better alternative that will not damage the plumbing system.  

About VanDerBosch Plumbing Inc.

VanDerBosch Plumbing Inc. has more than three decades of experience serving the Chicago area. They offer same-day service, the latest technology, and after-hours service. Call them today for plumbing services and burst pipe repair in Chicago, IL

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