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Why Pipes Burst – And What You Should Do When It Happens

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  • September 21, 2018

Advanced age, lack of maintenance and extremely cold temperatures can all cause your pipes to burst unexpectedly. When this occurs, you must act fast to reduce damage to the surrounding building materials and appliances. You can prepare by learning how to react in the face of burst pipes well before you need this information. Here’s what you need to know about burst pipes and responding when disaster strikes.

Understanding Why Pipes Burst

In cold temperatures, pipes may burst from the water freezing inside, causing the metal to expand. As the metal expands, the joints between the pipes loosen and could even pop loose. Old, weak or damaged pipes can burst at the center sections as well in extreme conditions. Your best chance at preventing burst pipes is keeping them in good condition with regular inspections and maintenance services.

Steps to Managing Burst Pipes

If your pipes burst, you should immediately respond by turning the main water valve to the off position. Depending on the location of the burst pipes, you may also need to turn off your electricity at the breaker box.

Once you have the flow of water stopped, get on the phone and call local plumbing contractors for assistance. Your local plumbing contractors will assess the damage to your pipes and create a repair plan for your consideration. The repair plan may include simple or complex procedures, including trenchless sewer pipe replacement. Authorize the work to restore the function of your plumbing system and prevent additional damage to your pipes.

Schedule Your Free Estimate For Plumbing Services

If you would like to discuss trenchless sewer pipe replacement, schedule a free estimate with your local plumbing contractors by calling (818) 880-8847. Your plumbing experts at Green’s Plumbing will assist in the restoration of your plumbing system and prevention of future issues. Give us a call today to see how we can help.

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