One of the most common plumbing issues is a burst pipe. These problems can occur without warning, while causing a large amount of damage in a short amount of time.
At Maccarone Plumbing, we can get your burst pipe problem under control in no time. This is considered an emergency, so take advantage of our 24-hour services and avoid flooding in your home or business. You can find us serving customers throughout Long Island and Five Boroughs.
What Causes Burst Pipes?
The weather is the biggest cause of burst pipes, especially during the winter. When temperatures dip below freezing, the water in your pipes can freeze. As the ice expands, the pressure put on your pipes will cause them to burst.
Of course, a cold front does not have to mean that the water in your pipes will freeze. This often happens if your pipes are not properly insulated. You can avoid this problem by keeping your home heated during the winter and insulating your walls and pipes.
In addition to cold weather, pipe failure is another common cause of burst pipes. Pipe failure occurs when the pipe is damaged because of age or improper maintenance.
How Can You Avoid Burst Pipes?
Since burst pipes result in a large amount of water being lost very quickly, you want to prevent them from happening. Although you cannot avoid every risk factor for burst pipes, you can follow these tips to decrease your chances of problems.
The best time to prepare for freezing temperatures is before winter rolls around. First, Make sure that all of your exposed pipes, such as pipes in your attic or crawl spaces, are properly insulated. You should also inspect your home for leaks around your pipes. If cold air is sneaking into your attic because of a crack in the wall, this freezing air can cause your pipes to freeze.
During extremely low temperatures, it is a good idea to keep your faucet dripping to keep your pipes from freezing. Keep a very small amount of warm water dripping from your faucet overnight.
In order to protect your pipes, the thermostat for your home should be set no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
What Should You Do If You Have a Burst Pipe?
The first step is to call your plumber. Then, before we arrive, turn off your main water supply. This valve should be located on the outside of your home or building. Turning off the water main will help prevent flooding.
Never try to thaw the pipes yourself. This can lead to further pipe damage.
Once we arrive at your property, we will repair the burst pipe as quickly as possible as well as inspect the piping throughout the rest of your property to make sure your entire system is in good condition.
Lower your water bill and keep your home safe—call us today at (516) 671-3232 to put a stop to your burst pipe problem!