Many people think burst pipes happen only in the winter, but they can occur in any season! If one or more of your home’s pipes burst, dealing with the aftermath can be a messy affair. At Bradbury Brothers Services, we’ve helped homeowners throughout The Woodlands area take immediate care of a burst pipe before it causes further damage.
What Causes Pipes to Burst?
There are many things that can cause burst pipes. The most common are:
- Severe cold temperatures. As the water in your pipes freeze, pressure builds up, eventually weakening them.
- Corrosion is common in homes built before 1970. Many homes of the time were built with steel pipes, which become brittle and flake over time. If you have steel pipes, regularly check them during your yearly plumbing maintenance and inspection to make sure they’re still in good condition.
- Environmental changes, such as nearby construction, may cause a pipe to collapse. As the soil around major pipelines shifts, it may increase the weight put upon them. The result? A rupture that can cause a lot of inconveniences.
How to Identify Leaky or Burst Pipes
It can seem that a burst pipe happens without warning, with water suddenly gushing everywhere, soaking everything in its path. Look for signs that indicate you may have a leaky pipe – or one that’s in danger of bursting: a slow-moving drain, clogged toilet, or even the water pump itself. Anything that causes pressure on your home’s pipes can cause them to burst.
Keep an eye out for pooling water under any sink, in the yard or in the attic. Check floors and ceilings for water marks. Do you smell a moldy, musty odor? Is your water bill suddenly higher? All can be a sign you have a pipe problem.
Let Us Help
Do you own a home, condo or investment property in The Woodlands, TX or surrounding areas? To learn more about burst pipes and the repair and maintenance services we provide, or to schedule a routine home inspection with Bradbury Brothers Services, contact us today.