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3 Causes of Burst Pipes

Pipes are necessary for circulating water in and out of a building. Many factors can damage them, and without completing a plumbing repair, busted pipes can lead to mold and water ruin your home’s structure and valuables. Here are the most common factors that lead to broken pipelines.

What Causes Pipes to Burst?

1. Tree Root Intrusion

The roots of trees look for sources of water and nutrients, so they often seek pipes. As trees grow, their rooting gets long enough to reach pipelines. Many pipe materials cannot withstand the pressure of tree roots. As roots grow, they become stronger. Eventually, the roots get thick enough to crack the pipes. Once the line has a small crack, roots can slip in, grow, and clog the flow. Over time, this will also cause the pipe to burst. Learn where pipelines are in your landscaping so you can plant trees far from them. You can also purchase new trees that do not need much water and whose roots do not grow as far.

2. Clogs

Clogs can form from tree roots, hair, bathroom products, food, and so much more. If a clog becomes too large, it creates enough pressure on your pipes to make them crack. This can be avoided by monitoring children and what goes down your drain, not washing pets in the bathtub without a drain stopper, and checking if products will harm piping.

There are warning signs to look for when pipes become backed up; common ones include the water coming out of faucets slower or draining slower and much more frequent toilet clogs. A plumbing repair can help unclog pipes before they break.

3. High Water Pressure

Most homes' water pressure should remain between 40 to 45 psi (pounds per square inch). If the pressure is beyond 60 psi, it means your pipes are at risk of breaking. Many factors cause water pressure to increase, from water being pumped into your home too quickly to inconsistent paces of water in your pipelines.

These speed alterations can be the result of impairments in your piping. Sings that your water pressure is too high include leaks and spits from faucets and toilets running when not in use. A plumber can check the pressure of your water and see if it is high. They can inspect your system to dictate the problem and complete necessary plumbing repairs to restore your water pressure.

If you need a plumber, turn to the professionals at John Lockwood Plumbing. Located in Ontario, NY, they have served homes and businesses in Monroe and Wayne counties since 1975. Their plumbers excel at providing water heater replacements and gas line installations. With each service, they work to make your home or business more energy-efficient. Call (585) 265-0736 to schedule a service or visit their website to learn more about their services.

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