4 Common Causes of Burst Pipes

a burst water pipeBurst pipes are one of the most common, and often the most dramatic, plumbing problems that homeowners encounter. Pipes of all ages can burst under the right conditions, and there is often little you can do to prevent it. Here are some of the most common causes of burst pipes, and what to do if you experience this issue.

Freezing Weather

When the water inside your pipes freezes, it also expands. Even though it was able to travel through the pipes in liquid form, ice can cause pipes to bulge or break.

Tree Roots

If you have many trees near your home, tree roots might interfere with your water pipes. Just as they can run beneath your home’s foundation, roots can grow around and under your pipes, causing them to break.

Hard Water Buildup

Hard water can deposit minerals into your water pipes. Over time, these minerals can build up and cause clogs, cracks, and bursts in the pipes. Because water has to flow faster to push past the clog, water pressure can become too high, and pipes can become misshapen or develop cracks.

Just Plain Old Age

Water pipes don’t last forever. If yours are more than 20 years old, it’s definitely time to get them inspected. Older homes have pipes made from archaic materials that are no longer in use, which don’t have the lasting power of newer materials.

If you have a burst pipe, or want to upgrade your piping, give us a call as soon as possible! We will solve your problem quickly and thoroughly, at an affordable price. (570) 903-3199