As a homeowner, it doesn’t get a whole lot worse than having burst pipes. When this happens, it can mean your home will fill with hundreds or even thousands of gallons of water. For residents in San Antonio and the surrounding areas, Caliente Plumbing, Heating, & Air, can help if this happens to you. A qualified plumbing company will be fully aware of how bad this situation can be. That is why many plumbers offer their services for burst pipe repair anytime you need it — 24/7.
What Causes A Burst Pipe?
A burst pipe is not something that happens very often — thankfully. And when it does happen, there is no one reason that is always the cause. There are a variety of reasons that can cause a pipe to burst.
- Pipes can burst because of the cold weather in the winter. This happens when the temperature gets low enough that the water inside the pipes freezes. When this happens, water will expand. This is what causes the burst in the pipe. Fortunately, this is not as likely in San Antonio as it is in many other parts of the country.
- Tree roots are another possible cause for a burst pipe. The larger your trees get, the larger their roots will get too. They can even grow into the pipes and push into the pipe until it eventually cracks and bursts.
- Burst pipes can also be a result of excessive pressure that builds up because of clogged pipes. Keep your plumbing system maintained with regular maintenance and you’ll have much better odds of avoiding this fate.
- Like anything else, pipes wear out eventually. The older your pipes are, the more likely they are to have rust and corrosion. These issues can weaken the pipe and if it has enough decay, it will give out. The older your home, the more likely this will happen to you.
Whatever the cause, a burst pipe is a big problem that needs immediate attention. Any delay in resolving an issue like this greatly increases the damage and seriousness of the problem on your hands.
What Happens When You Have A Burst Pipe?
The results of a pipe burst can vary, depending on the location of the break. You may have water filling up your basement or other rooms in your home.
That water is going to cause damage to the walls, floors, and anything else that gets wet. One of the biggest ways this damage can happen is through the formation of mold. Mold is a problem that can spread quickly and is not exactly easy to get rid of once it has made its home in your home. It can actually be very hazardous to your health — as well as those around you.
Another area of a potential problem from water is the foundation of your home. This may even lead to the complete loss of your home.
Why Is Mold Bad For You?
The Centers For Disease Control And Prevention has a lot of helpful information about all sorts of health issues — including how mold can be bad for you. If you are lucky, exposure to damp and moldy environments won’t cause negative health effects. However, there are a variety of issues that may happen to people with sensitivity to mold.
For those people, nasal stuffiness, throat irritation, coughing, wheezing, eye irritation, and skin irritation are some of the possibilities. It can be even worse for people with severe mold allergies.
Indoor exposure to mold has been linked to upper respiratory tract symptoms, cough, and wheeze in healthy people. There is also a connection with mold and asthma and the hypersensitivity pneumonitis in people who are susceptible to that immune-mediated condition. Studies have also found evidence linking mold exposure and respiratory illness in healthy children.
In addition to proper plumbing maintenance to prevent burst pipes, there are some other precautions you can take to avoid mold in your home. Here are some suggestions from the CDC.
Mold Prevention Tips
- Keep humidity levels as low as you can—no higher than 50%–all day long. An air conditioner or dehumidifier will help you keep the level low. Bear in mind that humidity levels change over the course of a day with changes in the moisture in the air and the air temperature, so you will need to check the humidity levels more than once a day.
- Be sure your home has enough ventilation. Use exhaust fans which vent outside your home in the kitchen and bathroom. Make sure your clothes dryer vents outside your home.
- Fix any leaks in your home’s roof, walls, or plumbing so mold does not have moisture to grow.
- Clean up and dry out your home thoroughly and quickly (within 24–48 hours) after flooding.
- Add mold inhibitors to paints before painting.
- Clean bathrooms with mold-killing products.
- Remove or replace carpets and upholstery that have been soaked and cannot be dried promptly. Consider not using carpet in rooms or areas like bathrooms or basements that may have a lot of moisture.
Burst Pipe! What Do I Do?
When you have discovered that you have a burst pipe, the first thing that should be done is to have your main water valve shut off. Your next step should be calling your San Antonio plumbing professionals at Caliente. Their team will be there in a timely manner and locate the location and cause of the burst pipe to minimize the damage that you will have to deal with.
Once that break has been identified, the pipe will be fixed.
How To Prevent Bust Pipes
You want to avoid having to deal with a burst pipe? Preventative maintenance is going to be your best friend. Performing regular inspections and cleanings is how you will be able to know when there is a potential issue on the horizon.
Take notice if your water pressure is not as high as it should/used to be. Noisy pipes and unusually high water bills are also signs you should be on the lookout for. Call a plumber if any of these are happening in your home.
Call Caliente In San Antonio
Caliente Plumbing, Heating, & Air has years of experience dealing with burst pipes. And technicians that are highly trained to do the job right the first time — in an efficient manner. They are available for you at any time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for emergency burst pipe situations.