Pipe bursts can wreak havoc on your home. The damage to the pipe itself is often relatively easy to repair—but the subsequent flooding can create real problems. Fortunately, homeowners can avoid the problem altogether by taking steps to prevent the pipes in their home from bursting. But in order to prevent pipe bursts, you’ll need to know what causes them in the first place.

Why Pipes Burst

Pipe bursts usually happen when the water in your pipes begin to freeze. For this reason, they are most common overnight, when temperatures tend to drop to their lowest and when you’re less likely to be using your plumbing system.

As the water freezes, it begins to create pressure against the inner lining of your pipe. Eventually, the pressure can cause the pipe to burst and water to come spilling out once temperatures are slightly warmer. When that happens, you’ll need the help of your water extraction professionals. However, you can often avoid the problem altogether by following these precautions once temperatures start to drop:

Following these tips can help save you the stress and expense of a burst pipe.

Burst Pipe Precautions

Frozen pipes are stressful, but they’re not the end of the world. If your home has flooded as the result of a burst pipe, call your disaster cleanup experts at Panhandle Cleaning & Restoration!