When a pipe bursts, there could be several reasons why. One of the most common reasons is caused by water freezing in the pipes. As the temperatures outside start to dip lower and lower, the water in your pipes can freeze if not properly insulated. And when that freezing occurs, the water expands, leading to significant pressure in your pipes. This pressure can cause your pipes to burst. 

Other potential causes for pipe bursts may be things like corrosion, blockages, and invading tree roots. Whatever that cause may be, it is important to spot-check your pipes if you can. To help prevent potentially serious damage later on. 

Pipe damage is not as easily spotted as you would think. One of the more common signs of a broken pipe is damp walls or a slow drip from your ceiling. When spot-checking, look out for damp spots on your ceilings and wet insulation which can lead to mold and mildew starting to grow. Other less obvious signs can be a spike in your water bill, reduced water pressure, no water flow, damp patches in your home’s walls, floors, ceilings, and even puddles or wobbly pavement in your yard.

If you see any of these signs of a burst pipe, the first thing you should do is promptly turn off your main water supply. Turning your water supply off will completely stop any additional water flowing to your pipes and prevent more water from exuding into your home. Second, call a plumber immediately to help you assess where the damage occurred and to help you prevent further, more costly damage. 

Minor leaks can easily be repaired on your own, but a burst pipe will most likely require a professional for proper diagnosis and replacement. If you’re able to access the leak, plugging it with towels/rags will slow the flow of water and protect your home’s walls and insulation. Additionally, damage can be reduced by placing buckets to catch any dripping water. 
Prevention is important when it comes to frozen pipes. Insulating pipes that are exposed to cooler temperatures is a simple solution that can help prevent burst pipes. Another preventative measure is to install a freeze-proof hydrant like the Arrowhead Brass ICEBREAKER – or upgrade your current Arrowhead Brass hydrants with an ICEBREAKER upgrade kit – to protect your home from burst pipes and water damage. Visit our site at arrowheadbrass.com to learn more about the ICEBREAKER Freez-Proof hydrants or for more information on other Arrowhead Brass products!

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