Burst & Leaking Pipes

The winter months bring colder weather, and with it an increased chance of a common and costly problem-water pipe bursts. When temperatures plummet, water expands as it turns into ice and can exert enough pressure to rupture a pipe wall or break apart a pipe joint. Whether made of PVC, plastic, iron, lead or copper, pipes of any material can burst.

What happens when a pipe bursts?

If a pipe bursts it will spill several hundred gallons of water per hour, and can cause the homeowner thousands of dollars in damages. As soon as you realize a pipe has burst you need to take immediate action by calling ServiceMaster Restore®.

These locations are prone to freezing pipes:

  • Outside walls
  • Under a sink
  • Unheated crawlspace

Cold or warm climates, pipes can freeze due to:

  • Quick drops in temperature
  • Poor insulation
  • Thermostats set too low
  • A 1/8-inch crack in a pipe can spew up to 250 gallons of water a day, causing flooding, serious structural damage and the immediate potential for mold.

Here’s how you can prevent water pipe bursts during cold weather:

  • Let cold water drip from faucets served by exposed pipes during periods of extreme cold
  • Open cabinets to allow heat to warm pipes
  • Use spigot covers to protect exterior faucets