If you have a problem with burst water pipes, then this is an issue that needs to be thoroughly addressed by a professional plumber. And, while freezing is one of the most likely causes, there are some other things that can lead to pipes bursting inside the home. Keep reading to learn what they are and what your plumber can do to remedy the problem.
Water Pipe Movement
If you have an older home and hear the pipes clanging and banging when you turn your water on, then your pipes are physically moving every time you turn on a faucet. And, when the pipes move and bang against the walls, they can be harmed by the movement. Oftentimes, the joints will start to weaken and sharp nails and other nearby objects can actually puncture the pipes. This can lead to future bursts in the pipes.
Also, when water hits a solid corner or a highly angled joint, this creates something called a water hammer. The water rushes towards the joint area and slams into it, creating a series of thudding noises. The pressure can rupture the pipe where the joint is located within a short period of time.
In the situation where pipes are moving, a plumber can secure them correctly. Pipe straps are used for this purpose and these u-shaped fittings can be secured to both rafters and walls. Straps may be solid metal varieties or your plumber may use a product that is lined in a soft foam or rubber. The straps are secured every few feet. And, more can be added if movement is still noted.
For water hammer issues, your plumber can add a small device along the pipe section called a water hammer arrestor. This product helps to absorb pressure with a cushion of air and this minimizes pressure on the pipes. One arrestor can be placed wherever there is a water hammer that is noted.
Water Pressure Too High
If you notice that water spurts out your faucets at a high speed, then this may be a sign that you have water pressure that is too high. And, this type of situation can cause burst pipes. In this case, the pressure can cause a weakness almost anywhere, but it is most likely to happen near the water main where the pressure is the highest.
When water pressure is too high, your plumber can add something called a pressure regulator to the line. This device is added immediately after the water meter or water main valve. While the regulator installation is a relatively easy task, it does require some adjustment and configuration in relation to your home's specific pressure. Ask your plumber about this and also about the PSI level creating the problem to understand the issue a bit better.
To learn more, reach out to a local plumbing contractor.