Few things in life are as inconvenient as a broken pipe. Here at Free Flow, we know just how difficult it can be for a homeowner or business to get things together after a pipe breaks or bursts. Luckily, these things don’t happen randomly, out of the blue. There are many reasons a pipe can break, and we’ve seen them all.
Now is a good time to have your pipes inspected, if you think there may be a problem. You don’t want a pipe to burst in the winter time, because dealing with frozen water can be a nightmare. It’s not like there’s ever a good time to deal with a broken pipe, though; in the warmer months, broken pipes can cause terrible odors and insect infestations.
To avoid some of the headaches that come with broken and burst pipes, we thought it might be a good idea to share a few of the common reasons they break.
- Water pressure is far and away the most common cause for pipe breaks. Intense water flow can cause pipes to expand to the point that they burst.
- Weather is a very common reason for broken pipes. Cold winters bring frozen temperatures, and frozen temperatures freeze water. When ice builds up in pipes, so does pressure. Water flowing at an intensity can literally cause pipes to explode.
- Clogging happens, especially in places like restaurants. If you have clogged pipes and your water pressure is high, that’s a recipe for disaster.
- Exposure can cause problems with pipes. Sometimes, especially if there’s digging involved, pipes are exposed and not properly covered back up. When pipes are exposed to the elements or subjected to above-ground mistreatment, they can get gradually damaged to the point that they crack and break.
- Cracked pipes often burst. It is vital to have regular inspections to prevent this kind of damage. Luckily, there are people like us here at Free Flow to perform these kinds of inspections.
If you live in or around Philadelphia and you think you may have a problem with the pipes in your residential or commercial property, give us a call.