One of the worst situations a homeowner can experience is a burst pipe. If you have ever had a pipe burst in your home then you know how quickly it can become an emergency and what a mess it will make. The very first thing that you need to do when a pipe bursts is turn off the water main. The damage can be extreme and expensive to repair, and the collateral damage resulting from the water and flooding can lead to mold problems as well.
Solutions to burst pipe issues are only a phone call away--we will get to your home as soon as possible to repair the damage and provide tips on how to prevent the problem from recurring. We serve residents across Greenwood and surrounding areas.
What Causes Burst Pipes?
Freezing temperatures are often lead to burst pipes. Extreme cold can cause the water in your pipes to freeze and then expand; the expansion will seek out any weakness in the pipe and open a breach.
Pipes that are located outdoors are more prone to freezing and bursting. However, indoor piping in unheated areas are also just as vulnerable. In addition, older homes often have pipes and plumbing fixtures that have not been updated or replaced in years, which makes them susceptible to extreme weather changes. Water expansion in an already weakened pipe can set the scene for a burst pipe disaster.
How Can You Avoid Burst Pipes?
You can never completely eliminate the risk of burst pipes. However, you can take basic steps to help reduce the chance that it will happen.
All too often, “temporary” repairs by inexperienced individuals can move the problem along. Leaky pipes can become burst pipes due to cheap fixtures, poor fittings, or inadequate insulation during the winter months.
Pipes located outdoors, or in areas that are minimally heated, need proper insulation to keep them from bursting unexpectedly. Wrapping exposed pipes with insulation or wrapping an electric heater around the pipes can help prevent problems when temperatures drop.
Maintaining Your Pipe System
Problems with piping and plumbing often affect other parts of your home. Proper plumbing maintenance should be a regular practice, just like mowing the lawn and paying the bills.
If caught and repaired right away, damage from burst pipes can be controlled; however, all too often this occurs during the night or when no one is home. If you come home to find that your pipes have burst, shut down your main water valve and call us for emergency assistance immediately.
If you call us in for an inspection we can help prevent any water damage from ever occurring! Johnson Heating & Cooling has been a family owned business for the last six decades, and we will treat you like family so that you can rest assured your house is always in good shape.