Warning signs of a leaking pipe
In most cases, a worn out pipe or one that is leaking is what causes a pipe to burst open. Look for any of the following tell-tale signs of a pipe burst.
- Low water pressure – there could be a few possibilities that cause a reduction in water pressure. The most obvious one is pipe leaks, but another common cause could be the buildup of minerals within the pipe because of hard water.
- Water discolouration – if you have brown or yellow coloured water coming out of your tap, then it’s a good sign you have a rusty pipe.
- Wall Stains – if you have noticed stains on the wall close to your pipes, take note because it could be that your pipe is leaking.
If you have noticed any of the tell-tale signs above, get in touch with us now to avoid more severe and expensive plumbing issues.
Causes of a pipe burst
Pipes freezing during the cold winter months are the biggest cause of a pipe burst! But it’s not the only reason, here are a few more:
- Poor installation – weak connections or pipe joints that weren’t soldered properly can cause pipes to leak and eventually burst!
- Tree roots – the roots of a tree are always searching for water. As a tree’s roots are growing on its quest to find water, they can disturb underground pipes and cause them to burst. A pipe burst caused by tree roots can cause a lot of damage because the pipe is under the ground.
- Hard water – pipes can corrode when the water passing through them contains minerals such as calcium and magnesium.
- Ageing – one of the most common reasons a pipe bursts is because of its age. There seems to be a common misconception that water pipes do not fail. As a pipe gets older, it is more susceptible to rust, which weakens the pipe over time. Combine an ageing, rusty pipe with the pressure of water, and eventually, it will split and burst the pipe.
We cannot emphasise how important it is to take good care of your pipes. If you notice any rust or leaks, have it repaired or replaced right away. Unfortunately, a lot of people do not know how to maintain their pipes, which is why you need to call a professional plumber.
Our professional plumbers can carry out routine pipe maintenance, so you don’t have to worry about leaks and burst pipes any longer. We will carry out routine inspections and replace any rusted, worn out pipe. Call us now on (phone number) to arrange a cost effective pipe inspection.
What are the risks of having a burst pipe in your home?
Having a pipe burst in your home can cause tremendous water damage and flooding within your property. The extent of the water damage within your home will depend on the location of the burst pipe. If you have a pipe burst, the water could be under the floor, behind the walls, under the ground or in your living room.
If the water damage to your home wasn’t enough stress for you, then consider the increased chance of electric shock. The longer the water is standing still within your home, it becomes a breeding ground for pathogens and bacteria.
Immediate Action is Necessary
Once a water pipe has burst in your home, the water can spread quickly. If you see any signs of a leaking pipe, you should report it to a plumber right away so you can keep any hazards to a minimum.
It is good practice to keep the phone number of a good local plumber stored in your phone in case of emergencies. Here is our number (phone number) in case you need to put it into your phone for the future.
If you ever need to call us for a burst pipe repair in Wirral, you can have peace of mind knowing that we will respond to your call right away.
In case of a burst pipe within your home, if you know where the stopcock is, you can shut off the water supply to your home. Shutting off the water as quickly as possible will minimise the water damage to your property.