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Understanding Why Water Pipes Burst In Your Home


Burst water pipes often happen unexpectedly, but it should come as no surprise that they can cause a significant amount of water damage in a very short amount of time. If a burst pipe occurs while you are away from your home, you could come home to several hundred gallons of water in your home.

Regular maintenance of your home’s plumbing system, as well as taking preventative measures to prevent frozen pipes, can help reduce your risk of experiencing a burst pipe. Unfortunately, the truth is that every ounce of prevention can’t stop a burst pipe, and nothing can guarantee that it won’t happen to you.

The most common reason a pipe can burst is due to a pressure buildup caused by a blockage. Both frozen pipes and pipes with some other sort of blockage can result in excessive pressure being built up, causing the weakest part of the water pipe to burst.

Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes are possible in every part of the country, and many times those who live in warmer climates have pipes that are not insulated are more susceptible to freezing when the weather gets cold. When water inside a pipe freezes, it expands and blocks the flow of water, potentially causing the water pressure to build inside the pipe, which can then burst. Unobstructed, water from a burst pipe can cause significant flooding and water damage in a very short period of time.

Frozen pipes commonly occur in the attic, basement, or crawlspace of your home where there is little insulation. When the weather gets really cold, pipes running along exterior walls may also freeze. These pipes can be insulated to prevent freezing.

Water Pressure Buildup

If there is a blockage in your water line, water pressure can build up behind the blockage and cause a burst pipe. If you experience a blockage, you will likely notice a significant drop in water pressure at the faucet. You may also hear strange noises or even experience electrical faults.

If you suspect a blockage, you should call a licensed plumber as soon as possible to clear the line before it becomes damaged or bursts. It’s better to be safe than sorry in these situations, as a burst pipe can cause significant water damage to your home.

Water Damage Cleanup After a Burst Pipe

A burst pipe can result in a small water damage loss if addressed quickly. Depending on where the pipe burst—whether it was in the attic or basement, hidden behind a wall, etc—water may have traveled to other areas of your home or could be trapped in walls or ceilings.

If you hire a professional broken pipe water damage cleanup company like Regent Restoration, they will identify all the affected areas and take immediate action to extract the water and begin drying. Quick action can reduce your total losses, prevent mold growth, and will help return your home to normal faster.