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.


Do it yourself unclog sewer line


If you take your handyman skills very seriously and are still looking for some easy solutions to unclogging sewer line. Here is a step by step guide on how to fix this type of problem, although we recommend calling the experts. Please be aware that as a result of differences in manufactures and country regulations some components may have different names where you’re from.

Step 1

Locate the problem by first looking for the main sewer line inside your house. Depending on your home’s drainage layout it may be located in more than one place. If you don’t know what this is, you can look for a pipe with a threaded plastic nut bulging from the wall or underground.

Step 2

Be ready to get your hands dirty and have a bucket ready for spill outs. Before opening the nut, suspend a bucket to the base of the sewer pipe or drip pan to avoid spillage. Be prepared as this will be a very messy job.

Step 3

With preparation done, you can now unscrew the sewer drain plug with a pair of channel lock pliers or a wrench. Do this by turning the plug screw counter-clockwise until it is loose enough to unscrew by hand. Unscrew the nut and allow wastes and water to flow into the bucket. It’s best to have a rug or mop ready in case of flows.

Step 4

Now comes the tricky part of unclogging the drain with a snake tool. After connecting your snake tool, feed the cable into the gutter until it stops at an obstruction. Turn on the device and unclog the sewer line using the forward button. You have to keep a firm grip on the device while the snake tool works its way into the pipes. Whenever the machine stops, you can press the reverse button for a couple of seconds and then use the forward motion again. You may have to carry out this process over and over until you have free movement of the tool.

Alternatively, sewer repair can be a complicated and dirty job, in some cases, your pipes may be damaged and not just clogged. Flatirons Plumbing is always ready to take your call day or night to help you out and unclog your sewer line anytime.

Do you need help with a leaking pipe?


If you notice brown or discolored water in your sink/tub, warm spots in the floor, soaked carpeting, ceilings or walls and abnormally high water bills, you may be experiencing signs of failing pipes. Some leaks like water fixture or faucet leaks are fairly harmless, but when that leaking pipe or faucet is ignored for months, it can potentially cause you thousands of dollars in water and mold damage repairs for your home or business.

When used as recommended, the copper pipes that are commonly used by contractors in most homes are durable and long-lasting. They are however, not invincible and sometimes develop leaks that can cause damage to your home and businesses. When it comes to a leaking pipe a stich in time can truly save you a lot, early pipe leak repair is critical. These leaks can cause significant damage to your home, if not caught and repaired early enough.

Flatirons Plumbing offers inspection, repairs and installation services for all of you home’s pipes and water connections. Just give us a call and we will put you in direct contact with an expert who will listen to your problems and schedule and inspection if needed. In our professional experience the most common places where pipe leaks can occur around the house include bathtubs and showers, drains, sinks, washing machines, dishwashers and toilets. Pipe leaks such as leaking water heaters and dripping faucets are easily obvious, however many leaks often go undetected for years because they are not visible.

It is very important that you call in the experts as soon as possible, when you detect a water leak in your home due to a leaky pipe. We are always available to deliver professional plumbing services and skilled pipe repair.


There are several temporary repairs you can carry out to keep your water pipes in working order until permanent repairs can be carried out by an expert. With a temporary fix toilets, sinks and other plumbing fixtures can still remain in use. However, you need to be careful as these temporary fixes are just not meant for long use and should never be depended on as a long-term repair.

Simple Leaky Pipe Fixes

  • If you notice a leak in the pipe joint, tighten the joint.
  • If you notice a leak in the pipe itself, you can attempt to remove the damaged section of pipe yourself and replace it.
  • In cases of a minor leak, like a hole in a pipe, you can wrap waterproof tape over the bad spot. Do not depend on this fix for long as it is only a quick, temporary fix.


Several factors can cause you to have a leaking pipe, these factors may work alone or act in a combination to affect your piping system. These include:


Corrosion is a major cause of leaking pipes in the house. They are usually caused by chemical reactions, water quality or age. Depending on the level of corrosion, it may affect every aspect of your plumbing fixtures and steps should be taken to repair immediately.


This is the most easily found form of corrosion, rust is usually found on older galvanized steel pipes. Modern plastic PVC and copper pipes are not vulnerable to rust, but other metal parts of the plumbing fixtures in your home are.


Cracks are rare in modern plumbing, but still possible. The bad side is they can occur in most any plumbing fixture, and discovering where the crack is can be a chore. If you notice a crack, you should replace the fixture.


Most leaks are as a result of natural wear and tear as your pipe system can degrade and develop leaks over time. Unfortunately, as pipes are designed to be invincible, most leaky pipe joints are hidden behind walls and the foundation of your home. So, you may not notice one until it is too late.