Causes Of A Broken Water Pipe

Broken water pipes can lead to major leaks in your home causing extensive water damage. If minor plumbing issues are not solved right away, they can pose a serious threat to your home’s plumbing system. It is always best to take precautionary measures to prevent your pipes from bursting.

Corrosion

Old pipes are very susceptible to corrosion and this can lead to removal of the pipe’s protective film followed by corrosion of the metal. Poor maintenance, external weather conditions and high fluid velocity can contribute to the corrosion of pipes. Corrosion not only affects the proper flow of water but also leads to degradation of the pipes causing them to become weak and break ultimately. It will also contaminate the water and this is manifested by discoloured or rusty water. In order to prevent corrosion,

  • Use high quality coating materials which are less resistant to corrosion.
  • Sacrificial anode system to protect the cathode.
  • Insulate the metal.

High Water Pressure

If the pressure of water exceeds the normal limit, it can cause your pipes to burst and break. This will lead to water damage and you can end up losing a lot of money in the process. The standard water pressure in most homes range from 40psi to 70psi. Anything higher than 70psi will create problems in your plumbing system and other plumbing issues. It can also affect the lifespan of your pipes and cause them to erode. If you notice any leaks in your faucets and toilets, it can be a symptom of high water pressure.

Freezing In Winter

Failing to winterize your pipes in winter can lead to freezing of water in the pipes. The frozen water will expand and your pipes will burst due to the pressure exerted on its walls. If the pipeline ruptures, it can flood your home and cost you thousands of dollars in damages. Although the freezing process is not always responsible for pipe bursts, the thawing process can do significant damage to pipes. In order to prevent the possibility of your pipes breaking in winter, take proper steps to winterize them.

Infiltration Of Tree Roots

If there are small cracks in your pipes, the moisture and nutrients can attract roots from nearby trees to infiltrate the pipes. The pressure from these roots can cause pipes to break especially if they expand over time. Since many drainage systems use porous materials like sand and cement, the roots won’t have much difficulty penetrating through them. You might notice symptoms like slow drains, clogged drains or in severe cases cracks in your foundation. In order to prevent this you can reline your pipes using advanced composite resins. When this is combined with a synthetic liner the newly lined pipe becomes resistant to future root infiltration.

Improper Maintenance

If minor problems in your home like clogged drains, leaky toilets, dripping faucets and low water pressure are ignored, it can pave the way for more serious problems. These problems are often the result of issues in your plumbing system or pipes and must be diagnosed and fixed immediately. Performing regular inspection of your pipeline is another great way you can help prevent your pipes from breaking in the future.

 Old And Worn Out Pipes

Old pipes can be dangerous to your plumbing system since they create many problems. Mineral buildup in pipes can lead to clogs which lead to issues like slow drains and low water pressure. The water quality is also affected and can turn hard due to extra minerals or other residue like rust.

If there is too much lead buildup in your pipes, it can potentially poison the water. If these conditions worsen over time your pipes will eventually break. Make sure you replace your pipes if there are signs of corrosion, discolouration, defective tubing, accumulation of sediments and if the plumber advises it. You will end up saving a lot of money in the long run.

Conclusion

Have your plumbing system inspected by a plumber every 2 years. This way you will know if there are any issues which need to be resolved or if your pipes need replacing.