When the temperatures drop below zero, you have more to worry about than staying warm. You also have to protect your pipes to prevent freezing. When pipes freeze and burst, it can cause major damage to your home. To help prevent and repair a burst pipe, call A & W Plumbing and Heating, Inc. for service in the Southern Illinois area. We answer the phone each time you call, 24/7!
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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 faced with a large plumbing emergency. While only a small amount of water might appear 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, the insulation, and the electrical wiring. After a while, this moisture can cause mold and mildew to form, impacting the indoor air quality.
What Causes Burst Pipes?
The threat of burst pipes can cause fear in property owners all winter, as one chilly night can lead to extensive home damage. Burst pipes can be caused by several factors, including:
- 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. Follow these tips to protect your property:
- Insulate the pipes during the winter months or use a heat wrap.
- When temperatures dip, run a trickle of cold water in your sink to promote a constant flow in the pipes.
- Call a professional at the first signs of reduced water pressure.
- Look for leaks inside your property.
- Have your pipes inspected by a professional.
- Have aging pipes replaced by an expert.
- Schedule regular, professional drain cleaning services.