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Ways a water pipe can burst in your home.

9/20/2022 (Permalink)

Pipes can burst in any type of home whether it’s a new house or old house. The result of a pipe bursting can cause major flooding in the home and structural damage. Here are some causes as to why pipes can break:

Make sure that the pressure in your water pipes is correct. An increase in the water pressure can cause for a pipe to burst. If you suspect that your water pressure has increased, it’s best to check it out immediately. Grab yourself a pressure gauge and attach it to a sink. The pressure will move the needle on the gauge and display the water pressure in PSI. If you are unable to check it out call your local plumber.

Pipes that aren’t secured well within the walls can burst if they are unstable with an irregular amount of water pressure. If it sounds like they are clanging against each other, it’s called water hammer. Over time the pipes will become weakened at the connections until the water pressure is too much for them and it causes the connection to disconnect, and water will then escape and within minutes the entire area could be flooded.

Homeowners that have properties that experience cold temperatures during the winter always have a fear of that problems may start to happen to the water pipes in their house. There are times that the water flowing through the pipe can become frozen. With ice having more volume than water, once frozen it will expand with in the pipe causing an increase in pressure. Once the pressure continues to build the only way for it to escape is to force its way through the weakest section of the pipe.

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