Didn’t we have it all this winter! With the Beast from the East and Storm Emma and who knows what else, it’s been a bit of a miserable time weather-wise.
But for some of us that misery was made even worse by weather-related problems in our homes. Some homes were flooded, others had no water at all. Another very common problem was burst pipes. But what exactly are burst pipes? What should you do if you have them and is there anything you can do to prevent them? In today’s article we look at each of these questions in more detail.
What are burst pipes and what causes them?
Burst pipes are a major domestic disaster! They usually occur when a pipe in your plumbing system is put under too much pressure and the pipe breaks, causing water to start flowing out. The worst thing is that if a pipe bursts in your ceiling or floor it may not be noticed straight away, so the water damage will build up without you realising. The potential water loss from burst pipes in your house can be as much as 400 litres per hour – the equivalent of 2 full baths.
The two main causes of burst pipes are frozen temperatures and unprotected piping. If piping in your home gets too cold it can freeze and as the water becomes ice it expands. This expansion puts pressure on the pipe from the inside and eventually something has to give.
What to do if you have burst pipes
How to prevent burst pipes
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