While frozen pipes aren’t the most common plumbing problem here in Florida, they do happen—and ice isn’t the only thing that can cause a pipe to burst. Anything that weakens the pipe or impedes the flow of water and allows pressure to build will eventually lead to damage.
A burst water main can spew out up to 220 gallons of water per minute—that’s enough to fill a 24 x 5-foot swimming pool in 20 minutes. While smaller indoor lines leak at a much slower rate (closer to 2 to 3 gallons per minute), water damage is a major concern.
At Allore’s Plumbing Services LLC, we understand the importance of acting as quickly as possible if you have a leaking or burst pipe. That’s why we offer burst pipe repair everywhere in Stuart, FL, and the surrounding areas. We proudly serve both residential and commercial customers. Call us today!
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How Can You Prevent Burst Pipes?
Regular plumbing maintenance is the best way to prevent burst pipes, especially drain cleaning and inspections. Over time, mineral build-up can lead to pipe corrosion, leaving the pipe more susceptible to damage.
Worse, in drain lines, that same build-up will cause other debris to catch, causing clogs. A weakened pipe with a clog is a recipe for disaster, or more accurately, a burst pipe. If your plumbing is more than 30 years old, it may be worth it to consider re-piping.
Beyond maintenance, always address drainage problems (such as slow drains) quickly and double-check that pipes in exterior walls are well-insulated to protect against freeze-ups. In particularly cold weather, you can also leave your tap dripping.
No Water? Troubleshooting Water Line Problems
If you happen to turn on a tap and no water comes out, either your pipes are frozen, your water is turned off, or your water main is broken. Here’s what you should do to locate and fix the problem:
- Check other faucets to see if they’re also affected. If none of the taps work, check that the water main is on. If you have a well, ensure the pump is on and working.
- If other faucets are working, try feeling any exposed areas of pipe, such as near your water main or pipes going into your water heater. If they feel cold, your pipes are likely frozen. In that case, turn off the main water valve, so water doesn’t surge through the pipes when the ice begins to melt. Then wrap the blocked pipe with padding and let it thaw slowly. Don’t try to use heat to thaw pipes. The pipe will expand and burst.
- If your pipes don’t feel cold or the weather is warm, follow the line and listen for rushing water. Keep a lookout for signs of a leak, such as puddling or soggy spots. You may also be able to narrow down the location of the leak by which faucets, if any, are working. However, burst pipes tend to be relatively easy to find. Whether you locate a leak or not, turn off the water main and call us.
Our experienced plumbers are happy to complete the troubleshooting process for you. We have the experience and tools to offer far more than just burst pipe repair!
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What Should You Do If You Have a Burst Pipe?
If you end up with a burst pipe, the first thing you will need to do is turn off the main water supply. Then, contact our reliable team for fast repairs. We offer support and will send out a certified plumber to repair the damage and provide a lasting solution.