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Pipe Burst

BURSTING WATER PIPES

Freezing temperatures can be the most common cause of pipes bursting. Since water expands when frozen, it can cause the pressure inside the pipe to increase until it bursts! This also allows water sitting in the pipe to freeze and expand without busting it open. Other reasons for burst pipes can be excessive pressure through the system, and any fault in the piping will be exposed over time and broken down. The effects of burst pipes can be dramatic and devastating. When your home or business suffers this unfortunate situation, don’t threat and call C.A.R.E. Property Services. “The Only Call You Need.” Our 24/7 Emergency Response time is second to none, as well as our IICRC Certified Technicians. We come to you at your time of need and make your emergency our emergency.

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4 warning signs of a burst pipe in your home.

It usually doesn’t take long to figure out if you have a busted pipe in your home. From atypical sounds to weird smells and visible leaks, here are a few ways you can use your senses to detect hidden plumbing problems.

01

Listen up

If you hear bubbling, whistling, or banging and clanking when you use the sink or flush the toilet, it could be a sign of a broken pipe.

02

Do a sniff test

If drains, sinks, or other areas of your house emit weird odors, there’s a possibility that sewage isn’t being properly transported from your house through its pipes. And if the water from your faucets has an unpleasant smell, it could be a sign of corrosion or contamination in your plumbing system.

03

Look around

Bulging and discoloration of your home’s walls and ceiling can signal a burst pipe. If you notice damp drywall or ceiling tiles, puddles of water or any other visible leaks, it’s wise to call C.A.R.E. Property Services.

04

Other signs

If you’ve been using the same amount of water as usual, but your water bill suddenly skyrockets, it might be an indicator of a busted pipe or other plumbing issues. The same can be said for frequent backups or clogs, as well as little to no water pressure when trying to use the dishwasher, laundry machine or any other faucet in your house.

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No matter the precautions taken, burst pipes happen. What you do when you discover one will make the difference between an inconvenience and a total disaster. Here we have highlighted the best action a homeowner can take.

  1. Look out for the signs of burst pipes. Not every burst pipe is a torrent of water from the ceiling; look for damp patches on walls, ceilings and floors. Loss of water pressure, unusual noises in the system and even electrical faults can all indicate burst pipes.
  2. If you suspect a burst pipe, call your plumber and then C.A.R.E. Property Services.
  3. DO NOT use electrical devices. Keep away from light switches and sockets — if water is leaking it easily can be within the electrical circuit.
  4. Clean the excess water away as soon as possible. The quicker the water is removed, the less damage can be caused.
  5. Move any furniture and belongings from the affected area. Remember insurance does not always cover everything, and some things just cannot be replaced.
  6. If the burst pipes are not in the home but in the street, then keep away! The water pressure in the street can be exceptionally dangerous. Call the local water authority immediately!

As mentioned before, freezing temperatures can be the most common cause of burst pipes. Since water expands when frozen, it can cause the pressure inside the pipe to increase until it bursts. There are a few preventive measures you can take before freezing weather overwhelms your plumbing system, causing a pipe to burst in your home:

  1. Make sure you know where your stop cock is. If you do not know where your stop cock is or how to operate it, please contact C.A.R.E. Property Services.
  2. Ensure that any outside taps and piping (including drain pipes for heating or overflow pipes) are insulated. You can use insulating lagging or foam to do this, but make sure you do not leave any joints, bends or taps exposed. For outside taps, fitted covers are available.
  3. Any piping that is in unheated areas such as lofts, basements and garages all need to be insulated with high quality pipe insulation.
  4. Any pipes buried in the ground outside such as pipes leading to garages or sheds need to be buried deep enough and/or insulated.
  5. Insulate your cold water tank. This is so often forgotten and can be a major cause of burst pipes.
  6. If you go on vacation during the winter months, leave your heat on and set to 55 degrees at minimum.
  7. Fix any dripping taps or existing leaks before the cold spell. Many burst pipes happen because of leaks.
  8. Have your Central Heating System serviced regularly.
  9. If your home will be unoccupied for any length of time, turn off the stop cock, drain any water from the system and close the taps again (this is very important), and leave your heat on. If you’re uncertain how to do this, call C.A.R.E. Property Services. Most importantly, make sure that someone can check on the house from time to time. As much as you can do these actions to prevent a burst pipe, sometimes they will occur and the sooner you can deal with them the better.