Burst pipes are highly destructive and could flood any South California home or commercial establishment and damage the property in minutes. There are several reasons why pipes could burst and property owners should know what these reasons are so that they could avoid it altogether. They should also understand that pipe bursts are usually preventable, and that maintenance is key in ensuring that such occurrence will not take place. It is also critical to spot signs of an impending pipe burst to avert a plumbing catastrophe. 

Possible Causes of Pipe Bursts

There are several reasons why pipes could burst. These include the following: 

  1. Frozen pipes. When pipes freeze, the water within the pipes expands and can cause them to break. Make sure to prepare for days when the weather gets too cold for both exposed and non-exposed piping and let water trickle to prevent it from icing. 
  2. Corrosion and pipe damage. The build-up of calcium and magnesium could eventually corrode the pipes. This corrosion can cause serious damage to a South California’s property’s piping network and could cause a section to burst anytime. 
  3. Constant clogs. When pipes get clogged all the time, water pressure is built up within a section of the pipe, which could cause it to break. Keep the drain pipes regularly maintained by having a professional drain cleaning service. Refrain from using over-the-counter drain cleaners as these can damage and corrode pipes over time because of the harsh chemicals used to melt stubborn clogs and blockages. 
  4. Tree roots. Tree roots can encroach on sewers and sewer pipes in any Southern USA property, causing them to burst or back up. 

What to do when a pipe bursts in a South California property

Upon discovering a burst pipe, immediately close the valve nearest to the pipe that broke. If the property is built more than 20 years ago and has no sub-valves, then immediately turn off the main valve at the house. 

If the water that leaked through the pipe has flooded the house already and is in danger of reaching appliances and outlets, make sure to turn off power at home as well. Save appliances and furnishing that are safe enough to salvage, by carrying them to higher areas at home that floodwaters will not reach. Carpeting for instance is so hard to repair when flooded, so it is best to prioritize removing area rugs and carpets when possible.