Welcome! My name is Sally. This is my blog about plumbing. I decided to start writing about plumbing after a very scary experience. I arrived home from work one day only to discover that a pipe burst in my home. When I opened the front door, I saw a torrent of water pouring down the stairs. I panicked and ran next door to my neighbour. Luckily, he used to work as a construction contractor, so he has a lot of experience in dealing with household problems. He helped me to turn off the mains water and helped me to mop up the mess. After this event, I decided I wanted to learn more about the plumbing in my house, so I went to a night school class.
A burst pipe can inflict major damage on your home. As such, it's important to be aware of the mistakes that could potentially cause one of your property's pipes to break. Read on to find out what these mistakes are.
Ignoring a clogged drain for too long
Most people will immediately call a plumber if the drain in their kitchen or main bathroom becomes clogged up, as a blockage in this area of their home will affect their ability to perform essential daily tasks, such as bathing or washing dishes.
However, if the clogged drain is located in a room which is not used very often (such as the en-suite in a spare bedroom, for example), it can be all too easy to ignore the issue for a long period of time, as the blockage won't have any impact on the homeowner's day-to-day life.
Unfortunately, ignoring a clogged drain for several weeks (or even months) could eventually lead to the water pipe in the affected part of your home bursting.
The debris inside the drain that creates the blockage can strain the pipe's walls. This constant pressure can, over time, affect the structural integrity of the pipe to the point where it cracks and bursts open.
As such, even if the clogged drain is in an area of your property which is rarely used, it is still important to arrange for a plumber to remove the blockage before it begins to affect the structural soundness of the pipe's walls.
Failing to insulate your exposed pipes during the winter months
Like most properties, your home probably has some exposed water pipes. These are usually found in the basement, the garage or in the loft.
These pipes are the ones which are most likely to freeze and burst open during the cold winter months if you do not insulate them.
Without adequate insulation, the water inside these pipes will turn into ice when the temperatures drop below freezing. During the process of freezing, the water will expand and, in doing so, will strain the pipe's walls. This strain can cause the pipes to break.
This can lead to water rushing out of the pipe and flooding the room in which the pipe is located. In this situation, you would have to not only pay a plumber to fix the burst pipe but would also have to replace or repair all of the items in the room that were damaged by the flood.
As such, it is critical to wrap up all of the exposed pipes in your home. This is a simple task which requires little more than insulating foam, masking tape and a bit of elbow grease.Share