Burst pipes are one of the most stressful plumbing emergencies any property owner can face. It causes extensive water damage to walls, ceilings, basements and any furniture and decorations in its way. If the water flows near exposed wires or electrical appliances, there is a risk of electrocution and damage to expensive electrical equipment. By educating yourself on the causes and preventative measures for burst pipes, you can make the best out of a bad situation if it happens to you. More below.
What Causes A Burst Pipe?
Frozen pipes are one of the most common causes of burst pipes. But since the majority of NSW doesn’t experience freezing temperatures, several other reasons could cause burst pipes in your NSW business or strata property. They include:
Tree Root Intrusion
Slight cracks and breaks in drain pipes provide a perfect opportunity for tree roots to lodge and begin growing inside the pipes. The roots block the pipe as they grow, further widening the cracks until it collapses or breaks completely. It leads to a burst pipe that must be repaired or replaced after removing the tree roots.
Drain blockages are a common plumbing issue and can be resolved with a quick high-pressure clean by drain jets. But when left too long, they increase in size, accumulating more waste deposits, dirt and debris. The obstruction affects the water flow, increasing the water pressure and causing the pipe to burst.
Poor Plumbing Installation
If drain pipes are not installed correctly, they put a strain on the pipes, causing them to break, leak and eventually burst over time. In addition, poor installation can also cause the drain pipes to vibrate or rub against each other, wearing them down.
Wear And Tear Of Pipes
The constant flow of water pressure through pipes causes wear and tear and formation of cracks and holes. If these cracks are not repaired, they can gradually worsen and lead to a burst pipe.
Properties with older cast iron or galvanised steel pipes are prone to rust and corrosion, which is a direct cause of burst pipes. If you haven’t updated your old pipework into PVC or copper, then you should consider getting pipe rehabilitation for improved functionality and performance.
Shifting soil or changes in landscape or renovations can put added stress on drain pipes, causing them to crack or break. If you live in an area with clay soil, you may be at risk for burst pipes. Clay is particularly prone to changing shape as it absorbs and loses moisture, so it’s important to keep an eye on your pipes if you live in an area with this type of soil.
Also, when there is heavy rainfall, the soil absorbs a lot of water and starts to shift. It damages your pipes, leaving the way clear for tree roots and blockages that can escalate into burst pipes if not fixed immediately.
How To Prevent Burst Pipes
There are some instances, such as changes in water pressure, soil movement or construction, where you cannot do anything to avoid burst pipes. But tree roots, blocked drains and worn-out pipes can easily be taken care of with regular plumbing maintenance.
Professional drain cleaning twice a year removes stubborn blockages, especially in commercial or strata properties with high quantities of waste. CCTV drain camera inspections by certified technicians root out pipe damages for timely repair. Pipe relining technology offers an economical alternative to traditional pipe replacement with trenchless pipe repair for full, sectional, joint and junctional pipe repair.
Maintaining your drain and sewer pipes will keep them blockage free and clear of tree roots, helping you avoid expensive emergency burst pipe repair and the water damage caused by flooding. If you suspect there’s a broken pipe or plumbing leak anywhere on your property, call in a leak detection specialist before it can escalate into a burst pipe.
What To Do When You Have A Burst Pipe
The first thing to do when you have a burst pipe on your property is to shut off the main water valve. It will stop the water flow, minimising water damage and further flooding. If there are any electrical outlets near the water, don’t step into the water as there can be a live current in it. If possible, shut off the breaker to that area or the main electricity switch to prevent accidents and electrical damage.
The second thing to do is call in a reliable plumbing contractor for burst pipe repair immediately. While you wait, start cleaning up the water and remove personnel or residents from the affected area.
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