If you’ve ever had frozen pipes, there’s a good chance you’re going to have a burst sooner or later. Here in Calgary where the winters seem to go on forever, burst pipes are a common problem that need to be dealt with quickly before water damages pile up. If you have frozen pipes, call Alberta Indoor Comfort (previously Sears) right away so we can prevent the worst from happening.
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Why Do Pipes Burst?
Cold weather is when most people experience burst pipes, but what exactly is causing the break? The reason is that water freezes inside the pipe, which expands and causes pressure to build up. The continuing build up of pressure eventually causes the pipe to rupture. Another common problem that causes pipes to burst is corrosion due to age. The key to dealing with a burst pipe is to act quickly to prevent water damage.
Are Your Pipes Frozen? Here’s How to Deal With It
Since frozen pipes are common when the temperature drops below freezing, many people find themselves without water at some point during the winter. If your pipes have frozen, here are a few tips to deal with it.
- Open the faucet to relieve the pressure
- Begin to thaw near the faucet and work backward
- Thaw exposed pipes with a hair dryer, space heater or hot towel
- Never use direct flame to thaw pipes
- Call a professional if you can’t restore water
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Help! My Pipes Have Burst! What Do I Do?
A burst pipe can cause one to panic, especially if you’re older and on your own, as water sprays all over the place. However, if this happens to you, the key is to act quickly and shut off the main water line coming into your house. If you don’t know where this valve is or the valves to the sinks and toilets, find out beforehand so you’re prepared.
Once you’ve shut off the water, call a burst pipe repair company for help and then begin removing water to avoid water damage.