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If you’ve been living in Longmont, CO for long, you probably know about the danger of a burst pipe happening in the winter, and you’ve probably made sure that you have an emergency plumber’s phone number handy just in case.
But did you know that a burst pipe can actually happen at any time of the year? Believe it or not, your water doesn’t have to be freezing for your pipes to burst, and the damage can be even worse in the summer because there’s no chance of the water freezing in place if the worst occurs. If a pipe bursts in the summer, you’re going to be calling an emergency plumber for sure, and you’ll probably have to follow up by calling a water damage restoration specialist.
Given what can happen, it’s important to know the causes of a burst pipe before you face this unfortunate situation. Here are a few reasons why your pipes might not make it through the summer!
Tree Root Invasion
Here’s one of the biggest reasons that you need to plant your trees away from your home: roots can really mess with your underground plumbing. Unfortunately, once a tree starts to grow, there’s no real way to stop its roots from seeking out your pipes if it’s close enough to do so. That’s because a tree can suck 100 gallons of water out of the ground in a single day, and your plumbing happens to be one of the best sources of water around, especially if it’s sprung a leak.
As you might have guessed, losing all of that water can quickly turn into more pressure than your pipes can withstand, and the end result is either a burst pipe or a lack of water reaching the faucets of your Longmont, CO home. In either case, you’re going to have to call an emergency plumber to solve the problem and route your pipes around the roots.
Rusted Metal Pipes
This isn’t a problem if your home has PVC piping, but if you’ve got copper pipes, and especially if your home used steel or cast-iron plumbing, there’s a real chance of oxidization, corrosion and rusting. On a building, oxidization of copper is highly desirable and creates a lovely blue-green shade of patina, but in your pipes, corrosion simply doesn’t work. The end result is almost always going to be a broken pipe and a call to a plumber.
Luckily, there’s an obvious tell with a rusted metal pipe: the color of your water. If your water looks brown or yellow, it’s time for you to call for a professional plumber as soon as possible before the pipe bursts.
Yes, the work that you do to improve your house can lead to a call to an emergency plumber if your team isn’t careful. This is one of the biggest dangers for PVC piping, because an accidental strike can lead to a rip in the pipe and a serious problem. If a worker busts a pipe, you might have it covered through their insurance, but fixing the problem is still going to be an extra task that you don’t need.
If you’re planning any kind of repair work or home expansion, it’s a good idea to call a plumber in to inspect the home before a shovel ever hits the ground. If you don’t, you might find yourself calling for an emergency plumber anyway when the worst occurs.
Luckily, most homeowners in Longmont, CO won’t have a problem with hard water, because the city’s water is usually fairly soft. But if you live outside of the the city limits, especially as you move closer toward Denver, you might experience issues with hard water.
Think hard water is no big deal? Think again. Hard water can lead to burst pipes because of the mineral deposits that it leaves behind in your pipes. Over time, those minerals can start to rip holes in your pipes, and that means an emergency plumber needs to handle the job. Unfortunately, this isn’t an issue you can correct with a water softener, so whether this is a problem depends on the quality of your water source.
DIY Plumbing Jobs
One of the biggest culprits of burst pipes in the summer is when faulty work was performed on a previous plumbing problem. There’s nothing wrong with trying to perform a simple fix on a small plumbing issue, such as using a drain snake to clear out a clog. But when basic plumbing maintenance won’t solve the issue, you really need to call a professional plumber rather than attempt the job yourself.
Trying to fix your plumbing problems on your own might seem like a great way to save money, but the reality is that unless you’ve been trained as a plumber, you’re going to invite more problems than you solve. For instance, most DIY plumbers don’t know how to get a proper seal on their repair when finished, nor do they know off-hand which kind of pipe to use to make a proper seal possible. Rather than take the risk, it’s better to use a trained emergency plumber and make sure that the job is done right the first time.
What Can I Do?
The best thing you can do to prevent the pipes from bursting in your Longmont, CO home is to stay alert and regularly check your pipes and your water. If anything either looks, sounds, or feels off, it’s wise to call an emergency plumber right away and get it checked out. It’s always better to find out that the noise you heard is nothing to worry about than to discover major water damage that you could have prevented.
At bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of North Denver, CO, we know how to put a stop to plumbing problems of all kinds, including burst pipes. When you’ve got an emergency, it’s time to call us and get a qualified emergency plumber on the job before the damage gets out of control!