Dealing With Burst Pipes

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There are many different ways that your home can succumb to water damage, one of which is by bursting pipes. You should know why pipes burst, the warning signs, and what to do in the aftermath. This will help you prevent water damage from burst pipes, as well as hopefully prevent a pipe from bursting in the first place.

Why Do Pipes Burst?

There is a wide range of reasons for pipes bursting on you. In almost every case of a pipe burst, it is due to freezing water sitting inside of the pipes reacting with the material from which the pipes were constructed.

As water freezes, it expands. If water freezes in an enclosed area, such as a pipe, it might wind up doing damage to the area that is enclosing it. Such is the case with pipes. Even the material from which a pipe is made, such as iron, lead or PVC piping (all of which can be quite resilient) can bend, stretch and eventually burst, due to the fact that the water is becoming overly expansive. Copper pipes are also prone to bursting; howeve,r if you have PEX pipes, they will freeze but not burst. Pipes that seem like they can handle the overall effect of being frozen consistently still will wear and tear over time due to this phenomenon and eventually give way and burst.

Signs A Pipe Is Going To Burst

Luckily, there a few things that will give you a warning signal regarding whether or not your pipe is going to burst. It is important to inspect your pipes, especially during weather in which freezing conditions become common. Check to see if your pipes are bloated. This is the most common and easiest sign that your pipe is going to burst. Bloating is a phenomenon that occurs when the pipe simply looks larger and like it has a greater girth than it usually does. The girth will usually increase around the joints, giving it a look like it is simply about ready to blow. You can also tell by way of sound: is your drain making straining, almost gargling-like noises coupled with a hammer-like sound? This is also a good warning.

Minimize Damage After A Pipe Has Burst

Perhaps the most important thing to watch out for after a pipe has burst is water damage. There are a number of things that you can do to minimize the phenomenon of water damage after a pipe has burst in your home. First and foremost, find your main water line valve and shut it off, ensuring that no amount of excessive water will leak into your home. Secondly, move items out of the water logged area of your home or out of areas where you believe the burst pipe might drain. Begin the cleaning process. Make sure you have plenty of mops to clean up the area, but also make sure that the area is adequately dry after you have cleaned it.

Repairing Burst Pipes

Cut off the area in question with a pipe cutter. Afterwards, make sure the ends of the pipe that have been cut have been cleaned off and "sanded down" with steel wool. Remove the petcock from the valve and install a new valve on the pipe in question. Make sure that the arrow is pointing in the right direction of the water flow on the new valve. Use soldering flux on both the pipe end and the fitting of the valve. Slide the valve fitting onto the end of the pipe. Using safety goggles, use a blowtorch to heat the fitting and the pipe where they connect. Replace the petcock and turn on the main water line.

If you have experienced heavy water damage due to a burst pipe, you will most likely want to call in a water damage cleanup company to help you repair the damage caused by the burst pipe. After you have cleaned up your water damage, keep your eye on your pipes to ensure that you don't have to suffer from a burst pipe again!


22 September 2015

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