No matter how careful you are, chances are that, at some point or another, you will be faced with a plumbing issue. One of the most common is a broken water pipe. This can be especially stressful because a broken water pipe can lead to leaking water, which can cause water damage to your home and surroundings if not addressed properly and quickly. Read on to learn more.
The best way to prevent a broken water pipe is to regularly maintain your plumbing fixtures. This can be done by employing a plumber to perform regular maintenance. They say that prevention is the best method to prevent damage and it’s true, especially in the case of plumbing. Regularly maintaining your plumbing is essential and necessary to ensure that your system works well and remains in proper working condition.
Another way to prevent broken water pipes is to make sure that you know where your pipes are. If you live in a cold climate, externally routed pipes may be vulnerable to breakage due to freezing temperatures. Water expands when frozen. When the water in pipes freeze, it expands. This can stretch the pipes to the point of breakage. If you know that you have some externally routed pipes, it may be a good idea to hire a reputable plumber to look them over. If they are made of metal, it may be wise to have them replaced with a more flexible, synthetic material like PVC.
If you notice that water is not flowing through a pipe in cold weather, call a plumber immediately. This could be an indication that the water in the pipe is frozen and that a broken pipe is imminent.
When you have identified that a pipe is, in fact, broken, the first thing to do is to turn off the source of the water. Stopping the flow of water to the pipe will stop the flow of water from the pipe and staunch any leak that is occuring. After this, you should work on soaking up the water that has leaked. This is because standing water can damage flooring and possessions. It can even cause mold to grow if left unaddressed.
Once you’ve done this, call a plumber. The best plumber to call is someone reliable, available, and skilled. For a broken pipe or any other plumbing issue, contact us.
At Landa Plumbing, we provide excellent service and results – every time. Contact us today. We look forward to hearing from you.