While we are fortunate to live in a part of the world where we don’t have to worry about burst pipes due to freezing temperatures, there are other causes for pipes bursting—and if it’s happened to you, you know all too well what a disaster it can be.
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Among the most common causes in our area is an undetected blockage in the plumbing system. A clog that prevents water from flowing freely through the house leads to an unsustainable pressure in your pipes until they begin to expand and finally burst. Water pumps and toilets can be the source of dangerous blockages that lead to a pipe bursting if left unaddressed.
Other problems include corrosion in older pipes, causing leaks to develop if not outright bursting, or simply faulty installation. Simply put, if the pipes are not able to handle normal water pressure, problems are inevitable.
Leaking pipes cause damage slowly, but they’re far from benign. By the time you realise you have a leak, you may have already run up a huge water bill and begun to see water stains on the ceiling, walls or floor. You need a local plumber, Gold Coast-based to find and repair the leak to prevent any further damage.
With burst pipes, however, you’ll know quickly you have an emergency on your hands. Walls or ceilings can quickly become saturated. Flooding in the basement or living areas is common—destroying your flooring, carpeting, rugs or even the bottom of furniture, causing expensive and time-consuming repairs.
The first thing to do is turn of the main water supply to prevent any more water from rushing out of the pipes. (With any luck, you already know where the water main is. Making sure everyone in your home knows how to turn off water to the house will prevent a mad dash to locate it in the midst of a full-blown emergency.)
The next step is to call for emergency plumbing services. Top Plumber Gold Coast is a 24 hour plumber for emergency needs. We have the expertise to identify the source of the problem and repair it safely to minimize damage as well as avoid the risk of electrical shock, which can be a danger if electrical cords come into contact with water buildup.
Meanwhile, if you can do so safely, start documenting the damage with notes and photographs if your insurance company covers damage from burst pipes.
We can also help with preventing burst pipes by doing routine maintenance on your water pump and fixing any plumbing problems as soon as you detect them. If you have old pipes and suspect corrosion—or just want us to check for it—we can conduct an evaluation and offer a professional opinion about the condition of your pipes. All of these measures can help prevent this problem from occurring again—or even the first time—saving you a world of time, money, panic and the hassle of repair work due to water damage.