Burst Pipes: How Can We Prevent Them?

The occurrence of burst pipes is one of the worst scenarios you can have in your house. After all, it will lead to a lot of home problems as well. Not to mention the massive mess you need to take care of just to clean it off.  It is not just time-consuming to clean up the damage it makes, but downright expensive as well.

However, all these mess can be prevented if you know what causes the pipes to burst out.

It must be known that burst pipes can be attributed to the nature of freezing water and the structure of the materials used to construct water pipes. Our basic knowledge in our science classes tells us that water expands when it freezes.

With this, a significant amount of pressure is placed on pipes if a particular expansion occurs. Since the pipe is air-tight closed, the wall — whether it’s made of iron, lead or PVC plastic — won’t withstand the strong pressure of the water. This will weaken structure of the pipe.

But like any other problem, this can be prevented if one has the exact knowledge about taking care of his plumbing system. Remember that prevention is always better than cure. Constant checkup does the trick.

Early detection of frozen pipes can prevent bursting. The fact is that they do not burst suddenly. Contrary to what majority believes, these pipes deteriorate over time and burst eventually.

The good thing is that we can always do plumbing jobs on our own. Except for very serious problems of burst pipes, you don’t have to call help from a professional plumber.

However, if you are not confident to personally do it, it is still advisable to seek help from plumbers. After all, they have the knowledge, expertise and the experience to solve problems in bursting pipes. You may likely have burst pipes when you still hear water running even if all the fixtures are turned off.