What is the cause & what happens when a pipe bursts?

There are several reasons why pipes can burst, including:

  1. Freezing temperatures: When temperatures drop below freezing, the water inside the pipes can freeze, causing them to expand and eventually burst.
  2. Age: Older pipes can become weakened over time, leading to cracks and leaks that can eventually result in a burst.
  3. Corrosion: Pipes can corrode due to the chemicals in the water or soil, which can weaken the material and make it more prone to bursting.
  4. High water pressure: If the water pressure in the pipes is too high, it can put too much stress on the pipes and cause them to burst.
  5. Physical damage: Pipes can be damaged by physical force, such as from construction work, accidental impacts, or tree roots growing into the pipes.
  6. Clogs: If there is a blockage in the pipes, it can cause pressure to build up, which can lead to a burst.
  7. Poor installation: Pipes that were not installed correctly or with the proper materials can be more prone to bursting.
  8. Water hammer: When water flow is suddenly stopped or redirected, it can create a shock wave that puts stress on the pipes and can cause them to burst.
  9. Poor maintenance: Lack of maintenance, such as failing to repair leaks or replace worn out pipes, can lead to a burst.
  10. Natural disasters: Natural disasters such as earthquakes or floods can cause pipes to burst due to the stress put on the infrastructure.

When a pipe bursts the water should be isolated at the water meter or any downstream isolation valves, if available to prevent further damage to the property.

How can we help?

Longbeach Plumbing has the acquired over 40 years of knowledge on the best ways to repair your valuable plumbing assets and has the right tools to assist you in locating the burst pipe and repairing or replacing the pipes within your home in a cost-effective way causing minimal damage.