From Dripping Faucets To Burst Pipes: How Advanced Plumbing Services Can Rescue Your Home

Poor quality faucets and pipes are like a bad date: inefficient, noisy, plus you waste a lot of money on them. 

But that is not to say there’s nothing you can do about them. A few hand tools or advanced plumbing services (for those who’d rather not get their hands dirty, literally) and you are good to go. 

Here’s a look at what causes pipes to burst and how you can rescue your home from them. 

What Causes a Pipe to Burst? 

A pipe will burst when there is a fissure or split on its side – a result of rupturing at its weak point. Normally, this is caused by several reasons: 

  • Physical damage – As with everything, your pipe will wear down with time and continuous use. Water pH levels will corrode it and ultimately compromise its strength. The result is a leak or full-on burst.  
  • Blockages – Sediment, debris, and mineral deposits often accumulate and clog the drain. With time, water pressure builds up and results in the pipes bursting 
  • Extremely cold temperatures – When the temperatures are too cold, water can freeze inside pipes. A buildup of this ice will cause the pipes to burst

How Can I Protect My House From Burst Pipes? 

Here are a few tips on how to fix burst pipes. 

Winterize Your Pipes 

Winterizing your pipe means preparing it for use during the cold seasons.  

Here’s how to fix a dripping faucet in preparation for the winter. 

  1. Insulate the pipes to prevent them from freezing. 
  2. Turn off all exterior faucets and drain them before winter. 
  3. As obvious as this may sound, maintain the thermostat at an appropriate temperature to prevent the inside from getting too cold. 

Control the Damage 

When you already have a burst pipe, minimize the damage using these steps: 

  • Turn off the main water supply immediately to reduce water flow.  
  • Flush the toilets and open all taps to drain the system. 
  • You may also turn on hot taps to drain the system further. 
  • Once you’ve controlled the water, the next step is to call in for advanced plumbing services. DIY plumbing can be risky. The professionals will identify where the pipe has burst and fix it. Which brings us to the next question. 

Where Do Pipes Burst Most Often? 

Realistically, a pipe will burst anywhere as long as there is water flow. However, the most affected places are normally unheated interior spaces such as garages, attics, and basements. 

Additionally, pipes found along exterior walls and in uninsulated parts of the house are prone to bursting during the winter. 

Other common locations include places with poor ventilation and near drafty windows. Check for these places to prevent leaks and bursts. 

Final Thoughts 

Prevention is better than cure, isn’t that the saying? 

While burst pipes are easily repairable, they cost a lot of money. The best way to prevent this is to periodically call in professional home plumbing services to help with the maintenance. 

At Scottco, we take pride in our professional and advanced plumbing services. Feel free to contact us for fast and friendly residential plumbing services for homes around Amarillo, Texas.