What Causes a Pipe to Burst?

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If you’re a Denver homeowner hopefully you’ve never had to deal with a burst water pipe. If you have you know how much of a headache it can be. In addition to the inconvenience of having it replaced a burst pipe can do a lot of damage to your home. At Bell Plumbing and Heating we hope you never experience this problem, but if you do we want you to know we’re here to help. Our expert technicians can handle your burst pipe problem and have you set up with a replacement quickly and reliably.

If you have had a pipe burst it’s more than likely that the cause was freezing water. When water freezes it expands, and when this happens in a pipe the pressure can build to a point that the pipe simply cannot handle, causing it to burst. Chances are it won’t happen the first time water freezes in your pipe, but after enough occurrences of freezing the integrity of your pipes may be compromised, making a burst pipe more likely. This is why it is advisable to leave a trickle of water running through your pipes in extreme cold: the constant flow will keep water from freezing. If your pipe does burst it is important that the water in your home is shut off right away to avoid further damage.

While freezing water is certainly the cause of burst pipes that people first think of, it is not the only cause. It may surprise you to learn that a clog, left unattended, can also cause a pipe to burst. A clog can cause pressure to build within pipes and eventually that increase in pressure can be enough to cause them to crack or burst. The result is the same as any other burst pipe: damage to your Denver home and plumbing system. If you have slow draining problem it is important that the clog is cleared as soon as possible. Don’t risk the safety of your pipes by leaving clogs where they are. Clear out your pipes to keep everything working properly.

Whatever causes your pipes to burst, we know the aftermath is stressful. While you’re dealing with any damage to your Denver home let Bell Plumbing and Heating deal with the damage to your pipes. We’ll get everything put back together correctly and professionally, leaving you one less thing to worry about. Call us to learn more about pipe repair and replacement.

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