Emergency Plumber – Burst Pipes

Experiencing burst pipes in your home can be a devastating event. Depending on the location of the pipes as well as how long the water flowed into your home, burst pipes can wreak havoc on your life. A home with multiple stories that experiences a burst pipe on an upper floor can be uninhabitable. If no one was home and water filled the home, every corner could be affected. An emergency plumber will need to come out immediately to stop the flow and shore up the leak. A water remediation company will need to remove all the water and dry the home before mold develops. And the insurance company will need to access the damage. After all these steps, the process of rebuilding your home can begin, and this is not a quick or easy process.

What causes Burst Pipes?

Burst pipes often occur due to freezing temperatures outside. Water pipes in the home that are not properly insulated or installed in areas that become very cold, like an outside wall or uninsulated roof are usually the culprit. The water that flows through these pipes can freeze, and when water freezes, it expands. This can split a pipe open or damage a joint. When the water thaws, that water will instantly flow through the holes into your home, destroying everything in its wake. Unfortunately, when you purchase a home, it is nearly impossible to visibly check all internal plumbing. Many homes have additions that are not original plumbing, and many are fixed by the homeowner, which may have little plumbing experience. There are, however, things you can do to protect against burst pipes.

How to avoid Burst Pipes

There are a few things you can do in your home to reduce the chance of experiencing burst pipes or lessen the damage caused by them.

*Bump up the heat. Increasing the temperature in your home over the cooler months just might be enough to avoid frozen water in your pipes.

*Repair water drips and leaks before winter.

Lower is here if you experience burst pipes and need an emergency plumber.

*Always hire a professional plumber when repairing or installing plumbing fixtures or pipes to ensure proper work.

*Detach hoses from exterior spigots during cold weather. Lingering water from the hose that sits in

the interior pipes can freeze.

*Install frost proof exterior spigots.

*When traveling, kept the heat on in your home and have someone check on your home periodically.

*Know how and where to turn off the water supply to your home. This can sometimes be located on the street and require a special tool.

Emergency Plumber available 24/7

Hopefully, burst pipes are something you will never have to deal with, but if you do, knowing a quality emergency plumber is critical. Lower Plumbing, Heating, and Air in Topeka, KS is available 24/7. The faster the plumbing can be fixed, the faster the rest of the home restoration process can begin. Lower will come out immediately to fix your plumbing issue or burst pipes. They can also help with other plumbing needs. Home additions or new construction is their specialty. They will install pipes properly so burst pipes won’t be an issue. Rely on Lower for all your plumbing needs, every day or emergency. Call (785) 357-5123 for immediate assistance.