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Why Do Pipes Burst?

January 18 / 2021

Why Do Pipes Burst?

Dealing with burst pipes can be a property owners’ worst nightmare. Yet, many aren’t sure how they can properly prevent such an urgent problem from occurring. At Rooter Hero Plumbing, we offer premium residential and commercial services for clients in local California and Arizona area communities. Our team enjoys helping our customers improve the safety and reliability of their pipes, and we want you to have the same great results with your system. Here is some more information about why pipes burst, and what you can do to minimize the potential for property damage. 

Frozen Pipes 

One of the most common causes for burst pipes is freezing temperatures. During the winter season, the temperature can vary widely between midnight and noon. The constant freezing and thawing of the water inside your pipes can create a large amount of air pressure, which can break weakened pipes or loose joints. The best way to avoid this unpleasant issue is to winterize your plumbing system at the first sign of frost. Insulating pipes is an affordable way to better regulate the temperature inside your pipes long term. 

Water Pressure Issues 

In many cases, the municipal water company forces water through the pipes at high pressure.  If the water pressure is high enough for a long time, this can harm pipes over time, and eventually cause ruptures in pipes. This is unfortunate because property owners simply don’t have much control over this external factor. Thankfully, there is something that you can do to reduce the damage. Installing a pressure reducing valve can help you make the necessary adjustments. If you aren’t sure whether this is necessary, you can utilize a pressure gauge. You should get a reading between 30 and 50 psi. If your pressure reaches 60 psi or more, then you need to call a local plumber to get the situation corrected as soon as possible. 

Corrosion 

Another popular culprit for burst pipes is corrosion. While quality pipes are designed to last a long time, it does have an expiration date. Depending on the materials and the length of time since installation, you could begin to develop issues with corrosion. If you have hard water, then this condition can accelerate even more. A camera inspection can pinpoint areas of concern. If your pipes are in dangerous of collapsing due to deterioration, then a replacement may be needed to avoid water damage and other unpleasant consequences. 

Are You Worried About the Condition of Your Property’s Pipes? Call Rooter Hero Plumbing

Is it time for you to schedule a professional inspection for your problematic pipes? Then call the experts at Rooter Hero Plumbing today. Our team of certified, licensed and insured plumbers are always ready to come to the rescue. We offer 24 hour emergency pipe repair services as well for homeowners and businesses that need urgent care outside of normal business hours. Contact our office to learn more about our wide selection or residential and commercial services or to schedule a convenient appointment with an experienced plumber in your Arizona or California neighborhood.