Burst Pipe Repair

The Potential Damage From A Burst Pipe

When a pipe bursts inside your home or commercial building, the ensuing damage can be significant. It can be very much like a tap left fully open and running directly onto your floor. Can you imagine how much damage might be caused if a pipe were to burst in your home after everyone has left for the day in the morning and wasn’t discovered until you returned that evening? Not only would you be likely to see significant damage to some of your most cherished belongings and furniture, but your home might also experience significant structural harm.

What Causes A Pipe To Burst?

In more northern climates, the most common cause of burst pipes is cold weather. Here in Melbourne, however, when pipes burst, it is frequently due to age and wear of the plumbing system. Years of water rushing through at high pressure can weaken the plumbing. Additionally, galvanized pipes can become prone to rust and corrosion over time.

Another common cause of a burst pipe is accidental damage. This may be caused by an object falling on or hitting an exposed pipe or a nail driven into a wall where a pipe happens to be running.

What To Do When A Pipe Bursts

If you experience a ruptured pipe in your home, the first thing to do is to try to contain the damage by shutting off the flow of water. Your home should be equipped with a main water shut off valve, usually found near the water heater or under the kitchen sink. If you can access it safely, shut off that valve immediately.

Your next task should be to call in a professional plumber to repair the damage.  Our technicians will be able to assess the problem and complete the repair quickly and cost-effectively in order to restore your home back to normal.