There are a variety of reasons as to why the pipes in your home or commercial building may burst, including weather-related factors. Due to the crazy Minnesota weather, one of the most common things we have to worry about are frozen pipes. However, freezing temperatures are just one of many reasons as to why your pipes may burst. If this happens to you, your possessions may be damaged or destroyed, and it can be hard to know how to move forward. Our team at Kiser Construction has seen every kind home disaster and is fully licensed and certified to repair and restore any damage to your property.
One of the most common causes of burst pipes is frigid temperatures, especially in the Upper Midwest. When water freezes inside pipes, it expands, which increases the pressure within the pipe. If the pressure becomes too much, it can cause the pipe to rupture. Typically the water spews from a weak joint in the piping; however, if the pressure is substantial, the water can burst out the side of the pipe, which creates a hole.
If this happens at your property, we can be on site within a few hours to assess the water damage. A good way to prevent your pipes from freezing is to continually run a small amount of water through your home’s plumbing several times a day. This prevents ice from mounting. Additionally, you can consider putting strong insulation around the pipes to protect them from the harsh Minnesota temperatures.
Although your pipes should last for several years, they will wear out at some point. Over the years, the pipes will slowly corrode due to pH imbalances, certain minerals inside your water, hard water pressure, and more. If you do not have access to clean water, your pipes may corrode faster than other pipes because the minerals will cause the metal to break down. Additionally, the corrosion can result in rust that builds up over time and either causes the pipe to burst or close off access to the rest of the system so all the water pools in one spot, which can also cause damage.
If your pipes burst due to corrosion or some other incident, call our 24/7 emergency line and we will be on site in a short period of time to assess the damages.
Too Much Water Pressure
It is critical to ensure your plumbing system has normal water pressure. If the water pressure suddenly spikes or rises before hitting its maximum level, the pipe can burst and flood your property. Typically, water should flow through your pipes from a range of 30 to 50 pounds per square inch (psi). Most homes have a pressure gauge that will tell you what your current psi is. Your pipes should never exceed 60 psi, otherwise your home may be damaged. If you are having difficulties maintaining a steady water pressure in your home, you can ask a plumber to install a valve to reduce the pressure within the pipes.
Contact Kiser Construction Today
If you are in need of emergency restoration services, contact Kiser Construction today. Our team can be at your location within a few hours to begin assessing the damage and protecting your remaining possessions. To learn more about our disaster restoration services, give us a call at 763-633-2010 or message us on our contact page.
If you are in need of emergency services, call our 24/7 emergency line at 612-518-8852.