You wake up on Wednesday morning, it’s about 6:00 A.M., and as you get ready to leave for work you notice that a water pipe is leaking in your house. A pipe can burst in the worst of times, but then again, when is there ever a good time for this endeavor? Here are some reasons why you might have a busted pipe:
If a pipe bursts in the ceiling or floor, you might not notice it until it has already done some damage. The potential water loss can be as much as 400 litres, and if you are gone for the day when this happens, it can really affect your house. The most common cause of a burst is from frozen temperatures and unprotected piping. This will happen when you don’t have the correct heat in your house, and the expansion of water becomes ice.
Pipes have the chance of collapsing due to environmental changes. If you have construction near your home, the soil can shift to create an increased weight, which ultimately forces pressure on your pipes. The best way to avoid this, would be to inform the construction workers of the location of your water and sewer lines.
Outdated materials such as steel, can cause corrosion and will eventually cause the water line to break. Homes built after 1970 usually don’t have this problem, however it is alway good to be aware of the potential damage that can happen with having an older water/sewer pipeline.
Believe it or not, tree roots can also be the source of a busted pipe! Roots naturally grow in the direction of a source water, and a weak point in the water line can be the perfect target.