Why Do Pipes Burst?

Why Do Pipes Burst?

We have all encountered this plumbing problem. But why do pipes burst?

Of course, it is quite easy to observe, but as an ordinary person with no knowledge about how to fix the problem, we turn to someone more experienced instead.

As much as possible, we should at least have some knowledge about what causes this problem to at least avoid the hassle of it happening again in the future.

Many customers have come across pipes issues. So today we are going to cover this topic.

burst pipes

These are the main causes of burst pipes:

Water pressure issues

If the water pressure gets a sudden increase, the pipes won’t be able to hold it.

The sudden increase in water pressure will cause the pipes to burst. The normal water pressure must be 30-50 psi and should not exceed 60 psi.

The best solution for this is to have a plumber to install a pressure reducing valve to adjust the water pressure back to normal.

Water movement

The pipes are like the road where the water travels in. If the pipes are not secured properly, the water will freely go wherever it wanted, like in walls or floors.

As the water traveled in the unsecure pipes, the joints would gradually weaken, and water would escape the pipes. This will cause devastating damage to the place’s structure, and it is often very expensive to repair a water-damaged house.

Extremely cold temperatures

Ice has more volume than water, so it is easy to assume that if the water freezes inside a pipe, the pressure inside the pipe increases.

Because the pressure needs a way to escape, it will burst out of the pipe. This is more than likely possible especially if the pipe is already weakened by the extreme water pressure. The best way to prevent this is to turn the faucets on, since it will ease the flow of water in the pipes.

This will also keep the steady movement of water in the pipes, which can help preventing pressure from building up inside of it. Preventing frozen pipes can be done by maintaining the house temperature to above 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

Opening cabinet doors where the pipes are located (like below the sink) could also help, as doing this will be allowing warm air to circulate around the pipes.

Corrosion

This is most unavoidable problem compared to the ones listed above. Pipes are built to last for a long time, but this does not mean that their life span is also meant to last forever.

Pipes are not a permanent structure, which means that they would eventually burst. Corrosion is caused by a pH imbalance in the water. This usually starts as nothing major, but if not attended to immediately, it will soon have an adverse effect on the water pipes.

As time goes by, the pipes turn rusty, which narrows the path in the pipe in which the water can get through. It will only take a few days until the pipes burst or closes itself, which obstructs the flow of water.

Corroded Pipes

Conclusion: Why Do Pipes Burst?

In conclusion, it is best to know the exact cause of the burst pipe so that the plumbing service can help resolve your concern immediately. This will also help them take the necessary measures to ensure that the problem will not happen again, at least for some time.

If you notice something wrong with your pipes, do not hesitate to call the plumbing service straight away. Not only will you prevent further damage; you will also save money since having broken pipes can waste water.

Be sure to heed the advice of your plumber to prevent this occurrence. It will also be quite helpful to learn some ways to temporarily fix your pipes in case the plumber will not be arriving sooner than you expect.

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