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Why Do Pipes Burst?

Potential causes behind pipe bursts in your home…

Movement and Hammering

Done home renovations or repairs lately?  Chances are your plumbing pipes might have undergone pressure due to hammering or drilling.  The constant movement, underground and concealed plumbing pipes can weaken over time and eventually crack.

Corrosion over Time

Water pipes, especially the PVC ones, are designed to last for several years.  However, if you live in a home that was built decades ago, chances are that the piping system is made of metal or iron.  Materials other than PVC are prone to rust and corrosion and can decay over time.  When pipes corrode, the rust leads to pH imbalance in the water supply and can contaminate by releasing very small iron pieces.

Water Pressure

Maintaining normal water pressure is vital for your water supply pipes to operate properly.  Increased water pressure can lead to a burst pipe or failed plumbing fixture such as a refrigerator water line, faucet line, toilet line, and washing machine line.  Water pressure in most homes is between 30-50 psi (pounds per square inch) and should not exceed 60 psi to avoid damage.  A plumber can install a pressure valve to adjust the psi to safe levels, if you suspect your home’s water pressure is too high.

Frozen Pipes

Cold weather can cause havoc when it affects the water supply pipes in your home.  Although cold temperatures cause things to contract, ice has more volume than water so upon freezing inside a pipe, water expands and increases pressure inside the pipe.  When a water pipe freezes, it expands by 9% of its volume at a rate of 114,000 psi (pounds per square inch).  The escalating pressure needs to escape so it literally bursts right out of the pipe.  The cause of this may be a weak joint in the pipe, but pressure can burst right out the side of the pipe wall.  You can avoid bursting pipes by doing the following:  

    • Turn on your faucets to create a small steady stream of water to escape, which will keep water moving and prevent pressure from building up inside
    • Insulate the exposed water supply pipes with foam pipe sleeves
    • Open cabinet doors below sinks to allow warm air to circulate around pipes

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