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Preventing Burst Pipes During the Winter Season

Preventing Common Causes of Burst Pipes 

Burst pipes are a common problem, especially in the winter, that can generally be avoided with prevention. This blog discusses the most common causes of burst pipes and how homeowners can help prevent them. Savvy homeowners should take a moment to see if these tips are being followed in their homes to see if they are particularly vulnerable to flood damage from burst pipes. 

Pipes Freezing is a Common Cause of Burst Pipesfreezing

During the winter, frozen pipes are the most common cause of burst pipes. When water freezes, it expands, leading to pressure on the pipes that can cause a line to burst. Burst pipes are one of the worst plumbing emergencies because they can lead to flooding, water damage, and mold growth.

Frozen pipes can occur with any plumbing material. While some types of piping can withstand freezing better than others, there is no material that is rated for freezing temperatures. To get around this fact, plumbers use pipe insulation to keep cold air from freezing the water inside pipes. 

Homeowners should take a moment to inspect their piping and check if it has insulation. If not, insulating it can help prevent them from freezing, but if it already has insulation, the existing insulation should be checked, too, because it doesn’t last forever. If the foam pipe insulation or fiberglass pipe insulation is compromised, it will need to be replaced so the pipes can stay protected. 

Decay and Corrosion Compromise Pipe Integrity 

corrosionPipes that are compromised are more likely to burst and flood a home or business. All pipes are subject to damage from corrosion or decay, and these two natural processes can harm piping to the point that it bursts from the internal pressure.

There are two key things to remember to protect piping from corrosion and decay. First, never use chemical drain cleaners. These harsh chemicals can speed up corrosion in piping and make a burst pipe much more likely. Secondly, scheduling routine plumbing inspections can catch early signs that pipes are corroding so that repairs can be made before disaster strikes.  

Clogs Add Pressure to Pipes 

The final common cause of burst pipes on the list is clogging. When clogs form in drain lines and sewer lines, it can cause water to back up in the line and exert more pressure on the pipes, which can cause them to crack or burst. The result can be a costly mess. 

Instead of risking this problem, homeowners should prevent clogs by scheduling routine drain cleaning from a qualified plumber. Plumbers use specialized tools like drain snakes and hydrojetting to clear clogs and prevent them from forming. Drain cleaning not only prevents clogs but also extends the lifespan of the plumbing. If drains and sewer lines have been neglected, ensure drain cleaning is done soon to prevent burst pipes and ruptured sewer lines. 

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