One of the most common plumbing emergencies we have seen in this business is that of Burst Pipes whether in the home or in public building system. A lot of things may cause Burst Pipes, but the main one seems to be freezing conditions. Other common causes of pipe failure include age, misuse and/or damage. The basic piping system is often under a bit of pressure and any fault in the piping will only get worse over time and lead to total breakdown.

This is exactly as bad as it sounds as the effects of a burst pipe can be dramatic and devastating all at the same time. A burst pipe can put people out of homes and even close an entire building or area of town for a number of days not counting the damage to property. This is no joke a really badly burst pipe can leave people without water and even homes for days.

With the recent population boom and overcrowding in our cities and the integration of several complicated plumbing systems such as waste disposals, boilers and even garden features in our homes. A burst pipe in your home is simply the worst thing that can happen to you. This is not just because of the cost of the repair, or the stress or even any inconvenience you feel whilst it is fixed, but the sheer amount and cost of the damage water can do. Often times when a pipe bursts in the ceiling or floor it may take weeks and even months before it gets noticed. In fact, the first you may know is when a bulge appears on your roof or the water flows in a torrent.

The most likely culprit of burst pipes in your home will be freezing temperatures on unprotected piping. Pipes burst when frozen due to the expansion of water as it becomes ice. This increases the internal pressure of the pipe and something has to give. This is often the soft copper shell or plastic of the pipe, breaks can also occur at the weaker joints or in the middle of the pipe. Piping is designed to be invincible so most of the piping in your home is hidden in flooring, roof spaces or walls. So the damage caused by a burst pipe can be devastating.

Luckily there are some preventative actions you can take to reduce your risk of a burst pipe, although we always recommend you call Flatirons Plumbing service for your burst pipe emergencies. You will be unable to get to most pipes, others you may not even know exist. Your first move when you notice a burst pipe is to get to your stopcock quickly shut off the water.


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