Previously we’ve talked about the importance of being aware and spotting the signs of possible leaks in your property. However, you might also want to know what can cause pipes to burst. A burst pipe is not only a huge inconvenience, it can be a very costly problem – depending on where the burst occurs and how extensive the damage is. Sometimes there may not even be warning signs and the sudden burst could come as a nasty shock!
So why do pipes burst – for no apparent reason?
Most of the time, there is actually an underlying cause, but due to the sudden nature of bursts, people tend to think pipes burst for no apparent reason. This is why it’s important to know the causes and how you can prevent them.
Pipes can burst and crack when water freezes inside the pipe. If you remember your school science experiment, you might recall that frozen water (i.e. ice) expands. You might have had a water bottle frozen and find the shape distorted. Similarly, with continual freezing and expansion then contraction, pressure builds up and weakens the pipes. Eventually something has to give.
Blocked or Clogged Pipes
Thankfully, we are blessed with warm weather here in Queensland so that’s one less thing to worry about! However, the same principle applies in terms of pressure build-up in our pipes. Just because we don’t have freezing temperatures, that doesn’t mean we can’t have something clogging up the pipes like ice would. When you have a blocked drain, the same kind of pressure builds up over time and then becomes too much for the pipes to handle!
Weakened, old or rusty pipes are more susceptible to such pressure build-ups and can increase the chances of leaks and bursts. You might notice that your tap is running slow, has rusty sediments, low water pressure in the shower, or a water leak when the built-up pressure causes small cracks. This might not sound urgent, but it is important that you have your pipes examined as soon as possible before the crack widens and causing an irreversible burst.
We understand that it’s not always easy to tell if your pipes are under such strain or whether they are weakened or cracked. That’s why Leakspotters are here to help. With professional and knowledgeable staff using the latest up-to-date technology and equipment, Leakspotters can give your pipes a health check to spot any potential dangers of pressure build-up.
Don’t leave it until it’s too late, contact us today, ph 1300 362 858, to discuss your concerns and hear how we can help you!