What Causes a Pipe to Burst?

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When a pipe bursts in your home it can be a major headache and expense. While there are several reasons a pipe can burst we are going to look at a few of the most common.

Frozen Pipe 

For people who live in cold climates, this is a major concern every winter. So much so, many people go as far as leaving their faucets on so a steady drizzle of water continuously flows through the pipes and down the drains(s).

When the water in the pipes freeze the ice (even if it is in a small section of the pipe) expands causing a buildup of water pressure and the water has no place to go, once the water begins to thaw and the force of the built-up water is pushed through the pipe – it bursts.

Pipe Corrosion 

Pipe corrosion bursts are most commonly seen in older homes, homes that have pipes made from steel or any type of material that is outdated.

If you live in an old home or are planning on purchasing one, you should have all the pipes updated. Replacing the pipes is less expensive than having your ceiling cave-in or having structural damage done to your home and any ruined personal items.

Tree Roots

A surprising but common cause of burst pipes is tree roots. Roots naturally grow in the direction of the water source. If your pipe has a weak spot in the waterline it makes the perfect target for the tree roots, to wrap around or puncture the pipe causing them to burst.

A burst water pipe is not only an expensive and unpleasant experience, it can raise your water bill, cause low water pressure (a tell-tale sign something is wrong). It can also cause mold and mildew buildup which can make you sick and damage your home's foundation.

Suspect a plumbing issue? Contact the experts at Vander Hyde Services today! From plumbing to furnace repairs, we can help.