Why Do Pipes Freeze or Burst?

January 6, 2016 | Uncategorized

Frozen or burst pipes can be one of the most damaging and costly things that can happen to a house.  It is nearly impossible to tell if a pipe is frozen as it is underground, so it often comes as an unwelcome surprise to homeowners or renters when water stops running or radiators malfunction.  Not only does this require extensive plumbing work and possible replacement of hot water heating units, it can also cause damage within a home.

Causes of Frozen Pipes

Several factors, including lack of insulation, can lead to frozen pipes.  As temperatures drop, the risk of frozen pipes increases.  It is not the ice itself that ruptures the pipe, it is the pressure that it causes.  If there is a weak spot in the pipe, the pressure will cause it to burst.  Pipes under streets are especially susceptible to freezing as they are not insulated by a layer of snow pack.


Why Do Pipes Burst? | Done Right Carpet and RestorationRepairing Frozen Pipes

Fixing a broken pipe often requires removal of a section of wall to get to the pipe.  From there, any damage that has occurred must be remedied to avoid permanent damage to the home and prevent the growth of mold.  It is important to find a reputable restoration company to help repair your home, which can save you thousands of dollars in losses and future repairs due to improper cleaning and drying.


Call Done Right Carpet and Restoration as soon as your pipes burst. We will immediately assess the situation, stop further damage, and repair the damage that has been done. We are available 24/7.


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