What to do when your Pipes Burst

Pipe Burst Washington DCRealistically, burst pipes may occur during any time of year, during any time of night or day. It isn’t always a pipe which easily is accessible that breaks; most times bursts take place in walls in which they may go unnoticed for days or perhaps weeks.

There are 3 primary, non-weather associated burst pipe causes:

Rust: Odds are the pipes are designed of lead, steel, or cast iron, unless you own a new house. Over a period of time, all those materials will weaken and rust the pipes, and cause them to ultimately break. New houses have PVC and copper pipes that resist rust, yet it is cost prohibitive to take newer plumbing lines through the house unless needed.

Hard water: H2O will naturally contain various minerals, yet too much calcium and magnesium is called “hard water”. It is safe for animals and humans to drink, even though the taste may not be enjoyable. It isn’t safe for plumbing though; these minerals build-up in the pipes, like the way in which cholesterol will build up inside the arteries. Over a period of time, the buildups slow the water flow and may weaken and corrode pipes. Holes eventually may develop and permit water to leak and lead to water damage. A way to restrict the damage that hard water will inflict on plumbing includes installing a water softener that extracts the magnesium and calcium from water.

Bad installation: As with all other things, if pipes were not correctly installed and assemble, it eventually will cause problems. Loose connections or a poor soldering job mat lead to a pipe bursting, typically at the worst time.

What you can do if the water pipe bursts

As a water pipe bursts, it is critical that you take immediate action to prevent damage to furnishings and building materials, and stop mold growth.