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Burst pipes are one of the most common plumbing issues in both the home and the public system. The damage caused by a rupture can cost hundreds of dollars to repair, not to mention the inconvenience it causes. The worst part is, they can happen without you even noticing. Homes that are located in particularly cold climates are more susceptible to burst pipes. Knowing how to identify a burst or leaky pipe quickly can prevent further damage from occurring. If you think you have an emergency, call Dr Rooter. We will have a licensed technician at your door in minutes.

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Why Do Pipes Burst?

Burst pipes happen, especially in freezing cold temperatures. When the temperature outside drops, the water within the pipes can start to expand as it begins to freeze, causing the pressure to grow to a point that the pipe can burst. However, this is not the only reason for this problem. Besides temperature change, other factors such as age, deterioration, rust or damage, and unregulated water pressure can cause pipes to burst. Sometimes a burst pipe is obvious, but often it will occur without you even knowing it.

Signs Of A Burst Pipe:


  • Damp floors
  • Damage to drywall
  • Unexplained water stains in walls and/or ceilings
  • A sudden decrease in the water pressure in your home
  • Discolored water may come out of your faucet from rust inside old pipes
  • In extreme cases, a leak can even prevent your system from pushing sewage out of your house, causing unpleasant odors.
  • Your water bill may suddenly be higher than usual

Can Pipes Burst In Warm Weather?

Similar to the cold temperatures freezing your pipes and potentially causing a burst, extremely hot temperatures can also cause this problem. In the warmer months, the soil surrounding the pipes is susceptible to the heat, which can cause the soil to break apart or loosen. When this happens, the pipes can move. If there is a sudden change in temperature or weather, such as rainfall or a storm, that pressure on the pipes can cause it to burst. If the pipes already have signs of wear and tear, corrosion, or haven’t been properly maintained, it can aggravate the problem. Additionally, the heightened water usage during the warmer months can put additional strain on your pipes.

If you have recently experienced a pipe burst, it’s imperative you contact a professional plumber for a repair right away to prevent any costly damages to your home and plumbing system.

Burst Pipe Prevention

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” These words ring true when it comes to your home’s plumbing system. Ignoring a burst pipe is an invitation for disaster. The damage that a burst pipe can cause can cost hundreds of dollars. Your health is also at risk from the damage a ruptured pipe can cause. Mold, mildew and other bacteria can build where water has accumulated. However, there are steps you can take to prevent such problems and ensure that your pipes are functioning properly.

How To Avoid Burst Pipes:


  • If you live in a freezing cold climate, keep a faucet running slowly at all times. This will prevent it from freezing.
  • Insulate your home.
  • If you have pipes inside your home, seal any air leaks that will allow cold air to come inside.
  • Direct warm air into your home.
  • Disconnect your hose from the outside faucet.

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