Emergency Burst Pipe Repair
Harsh, fluctuating temperatures and old age can cause pipes to break or burst in an instant. It is critical to ensure all pipes are well wrapped and shielded, and to repair any possible leaks before they become serious. Our expert technicians will help to ensure your home's pipelines are in good condition and well insulated. If a break or burst should occur, call our well-trained staff to resolve the issue quickly.
What To Do If Your Pipes Burst
It is imperative to call a professional for repairs as soon as possible when a pipe bursts or breaks. The longer it takes to have the repairs made, the more gallons of water can cause costly damage to your home.
When a pipe bursts, first shut down your home's main water supply. This will help to keep the water damage to a minimum. Depending on the burst pipe's location, the electricity may need to be shut off as well.
Remove water from the area using towels, buckets, mops, or even a wet/dry vac. This will help prevent mold and mildew damage. Remove important valuable items from the area to keep them from being damaged and lost.
Call us immediately for quick and efficient repairs on the broken or burst pipe.
Doing these steps quickly can reduce the costs of damage such as a large water bill, and personal items in the home becoming damaged and possibly lost. Once called, our well-trained licensed technicians will arrive quickly and ensure that any repairs needed are made quickly at a very reasonable price.
What Makes A Pipe Burst?
Old Pipes & Plumbing
Age can cause pipes to burst or break. Old homes and old plumbing systems are worn down and corroded over time. Hot water supply pipes erode especially quickly. Old plumbing might also have been installed with lower quality standards than modern plumbing systems. If old pipes are not regularly inspected, they can fail and burst with little to no warning, causing damage to your home in the 5- to 6-digit dollar range. In historical cities, plumbing systems can be 50 years old or older, and need to be carefully watched or even replaced.
Pipes that run below ground in your yard can be damaged where you can't see. Plants and trees with long roots move pipes when they grow, putting the pipes under stress and causing them to break or burst. Construction work or digging in your yard can also burst underground pipes and start a lengthy insurance claim process. If your home has a septic system, burst or broken underground pipes can be a major health risk. Burst septic pipes can result in untreated sewage coming up through your lawn or going into nearby water supplies, and you will have to pay for treatment as the responsible home owner.
When temperatures drop low during the winter, pipes will often freeze, which can lead to a broken or burst pipe. Under-insulated pipes can freeze and break due to the expansion of ice in the pipe. This can cause major damage to a home and the belongings contained inside. Millions of families each year will need to have repairs completed to their home because of a broken pipe caused by frigid winter temperatures. These repairs can be very costly, as well as bring in a large water bill depending on the amount of water lost due to a cracked or ruptured pipe.
Tips To Avoid Broken Or Burst Pipes
There are preventative measures that will help a homeowner avoid the possibility having to repair or replace a broken pipe. These are things that can be done by both you and our professionals together:
Inspect Your Plumbing
If you are buying a new home or if your plumbing hasn't been inspected in a long while, have your pipes inspected. Drain camera inspection is inexpensive and can catch problems even in underground pipes before they burst.
Look Before You Dig
Know where your underground pipes are if you are going to dig or do construction in your yard. If you don't have a utilities map, our professionals can locate your pipes for you and tell you exactly how deep they are.
Ensure Pipes Are Well Insulated
Even in locations where winter isn't very cold, sudden temperature changes can cause problems in pipes. Make sure your pipes are wrapped in a foam insulation or thermostatic controlled heating tape. Pipe insulation will also make your plumbing more energy efficient and save you money.
Maintenance, Maintenance, Maintenance Is Key!
Regular maintenance and inspection of pipes and fixtures inside and outside of the home by a professional can help prevent the possibility of broken and burst pipes. Our technicians will ensure that all insulation is as it should be for each pipeline inside and out and that any repairs that are needed are made. These inspections should be conducted between spring and fall before the winter rains hit.