Few things can be as stressful as coming home to a burst pipe. Not only can a broken pipe pour gallons of water into your Minneapolis or St. Paul home in a matter of minutes, but without proper repair, you could be looking at extensive water remediation costs. At HomePro Plumbing, we understand the severity of burst pipe issues and offer expert repair services to restore functionality to your home. We offer same-day service available to address these issues quickly and also offer transparent pricing so you always know what you’ll pay before we start work in your home.
One way to avoid burst pipes is by caring for your plumbing on a routine basis. Be sure to ask about our drain cleaning service, and keep your pipes clog-free!
What Causes Burst Pipes?
Most Minnesota homeowners are aware of the dangers of freezing temperatures. However, there are other causes for burst pipes that you should also be on the lookout for in order to protect your Minneapolis-St. Paul area home.
- Old Age: Old pipes are weak pipes. As the pipe deteriorates and thins, it can lead to minor leaks and damage. Even something as simple as shifting soil can cause that compromised pipe to break.
- Freezing Temperatures: When temperatures drop in the winter, it can cause the water in your plumbing to freeze. As it continues to expand, it can stretch out the plumbing and eventually rupture it completely. You should always check your outside hose bib and ensure your pipes are insulated for winter.
- Major Clogs: Plumbing clogs create pressure. As that pressure worsens, it can put a severe amount of strain on your plumbing. Hard water can also cause scale buildup which is another clog-related concern.
- Outside Hoses & Spigot: When the weather turns cold, you should always disconnect your garden hose and keep an eye on your outside hose bib to prevent weather-related damage.
- Invasive Roots: Roots have been a long-time problem for your plumbing. As tree roots grow in search of water, they can find it easily in your plumbing. Over time, roots can create enough pressure that they completely rupture the pipe.
How Are Burst Pipes Repaired?
The first thing our plumbers will do when repairing a burst pipe is shut off the main water valve - if it hasn’t been done already. This is a critical step as it can prevent extensive water damage in your home. From there, our technicians will assess the damage.
In most cases, especially damage caused by a frozen pipe, the section of piping can be replaced. Our plumbers will use a pipe cutter to remove that damaged piece and then solder in a new section to ensure there’s a proper flow of water. We’ll also advise you on how to properly insulate your pipes to avoid damage in the future.
If your plumbing system is riddled with leaks and damage, it may be time to consider a more permanent fix. Ask about our repiping service, and give your entire system an upgrade.
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Not only can a burst pipe prevent you from using your plumbing, but also it can lead to extensive water damage to electronics, flooring, drywall, and more. Whether your pipe damage is caused by freezing temperatures in the Greater Twin Cities area, or your pipes have finally reached the end of their lifespan, you can count on our experts at HomePro Plumbing to help!