Are there tree roots near your piping system, or are you planning a construction project near your pipes? These and other situations can cause pipes to burst. When this occurs, it can quickly create a plumbing emergency at your property. To repair a burst pipe, call Bryco Plumbing. We bring more than 30 years of experience to every appointment in the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles, CA areas. When you call us, we provide flat-rate pricing so there are no surprises on the bill later.
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Why a Burst Pipe Is a Plumbing Emergency?
A burst pipe can happen quickly, and before you know it, you are facing a large plumbing emergency. While the situation might initially seem like something you can control, as maybe only a small amount of water escapes when a pipe first breaks, soon hundreds of gallons of water can fill the lower levels of your property. This water can seep into the walls, insulation, and electrical wiring. After a while, this moisture can cause mold and mildew to form, impacting the indoor air quality. When a burst pipe occurs, it’s important to act quickly to limit the damage.
What Causes Burst Pipes
To prevent pipes from bursting, it’s important to know what can cause this to occur in the first place. Some causes of burst pipes can include:
- Freezing temperatures: When the temperature falls too low the water inside of the pipes can freeze, and then expand until the pipe eventually bursts.
- Major clogs: Large blockages can cause water pressure to build up.
- Aging pipes: Corrosion and cracks can happen to pipes as they age.
- Tree roots: Tree roots can infiltrate your pipes.
- Shift: A shift in the earth can cause pipes to burst.
- Construction: Projects can cause damage to your pipes.
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How to Avoid Burst Pipes
Fortunately, there are ways to avoid burst pipes. You can protect your home and property by:
- Insulating the pipes during the winter months or using a heat wrap.
- Running a trickle of cold water in your sink during cold temperatures to promote a constant flow in the pipes.
- Calling a professional at the first signs of reduced water pressure.
- Looking for leaks inside your property.
- Having your pipes inspected by a professional.
- Having aging pipes replaced by an expert.
- Scheduling regular, professional drain cleaning services.