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Helpful Hints to Help Homeowners Prevent Burst Pipes

One of the worst things a homeowner can face is extensive water damage from a burst pipe. Not only does it make a mess, but it's the kind of mess that often takes thousands of dollars to fix. Fortunately, most burst pipes are highly preventable. But to prevent a burst pipe, homeowners should understand their common causes.

Catastrophic Clogs

clogsWhen most people think of burst pipes, they think of the pipes that bring water into the home or transfer it around the house. But these aren't the only pipes that can burst. Drain pipes from sinks, toilets, and showers can also burst under certain circumstances. And a clog is usually the culprit.

While it's not as common as the other two causes in this article, a clogged drain pipe can cause the pipe to burst by building up too much pressure. Homeowners who experience slow drains shouldn't ignore the problem or put it off for too long. And if one of the drains is fully stopped up, it's time to take action with thorough and professional hydro jet drain cleaning. If multiple drains are clogged in the home, it could be an issue with the sewer line, which needs to be addressed immediately.  

Frustrating Freezes

The most common cause of burst pipes is freezing temperatures. When water freezes, it expands. And if it expands inside a pipe, it could cause damage. This may be a severe burst or even just a pinhole leak. While it may seem like there's not much homeowners can do to keep the temperature from dropping below freezing, they can do things to keep those temperatures from bursting a pipe.

The pipes most susceptible to freezing are more exposed to the elements. These include hose bibs, sprinkler pipes, and pipes that run under the house or anywhere not within insulated walls. But even these pipes can be insulated to help protect them from freezing temperatures. Allowing faucets to drip can keep the water flowing enough to prevent it from freezing, and ensuring that the home's heater stays at or above 68 degrees can help prevent interior pipes from freezing while the homeowners are away.

Dastardly Decay and Corrosion

corrosionSince homeowners don't often see the pipes with their eyes, it can be hard to tell the plumbing system's health. Homeowners should prevent decay and corrosion that can cause burst pipes. The best way to do this is by avoiding putting things that can damage the pipes down the drain. 

The number one culprit for this kind of corrosion is chemical drain cleaners. These chemicals are so caustic they can damage the pipes frequently. Generally, keeping the pipes clean is another way to keep them healthy. Hydrojet drain cleaning is the best way to thoroughly clean the pipes without damaging them. 

About Apple Valley Plumbing Company

Apple Valley Plumbing Company has been serving Apple Valley, MN, since 2013. They provide same-day service from courteous and professional technicians. They also offer no-surprise, upfront pricing. Contact them today for drain cleaning in Apple Valley, MN. 

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