What Can Cause a Burst Pipe?

A burst pipe or serious water leak can be alarming and it’s important to fix the issue as soon as possible. Burst pipes can cause a lot of damage to your property, but what causes a burst pipe in the first place?

Understanding some of the common reasons why pipes burst can help you prevent it from happening in the future, so read on to find out more.

Cold temperatures

The most likely cause of a burst pipe is freezing temperatures. When pipes freeze, the water in them expands, which puts pressure on the pipework. If the water expands too much, the pipes will crack or burst, allowing the water to flow out once it unfreezes. You can help to prevent burst pipes caused by freezing temperatures by insulating your pipework and setting timers to maintain a steady flow of heat throughout the day.

Water pressure

If a pipe, water pump or system (like your toilet or shower) becomes blocked, this can increase the water pressure. Failure to clear a blockage can cause the water pressure to build until pipes expand and crack under the strain. If you’ve noticed a blockage and can’t sort it yourself, it’s important to call a professional as soon as possible.

Weak or damaged pipes

The older your pipes, the more likely it is that they’ll be weak or damaged. This leaves them more susceptible to bursting during periods of cold weather or if they’re under pressure. If you’re worried about an older pipe system, you can help to prevent accidents by turning your water off if you go away during the winter. In more severe cases, it might be worth arranging an inspection to see if you need an entirely new pipe system.

Got a burst pipe emergency? Call the experts at Smartheat Plumbing for 24/7 emergency callout services. We’re here for you when you need us most, so if you’ve got an out of hours plumbing emergency, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We can remedy leaking pipes, boiler breakdowns, blocked toilets and more, so call us on 01753 574 998 or contact us via the website.