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Causes of Burst Pipes

Causes of Burst Pipes

A burst pipe is a nightmare for anyone, but especially the property owner. If you own a home or business, then you want to hope for the best and prepare for the worst. In this article brought to you by Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Ohio Valley, we will go over some of the common causes of burst pipes. Understanding these will help you take preventative measures and identify warning signs.

If you want to enjoy the peace of mind knowing that your plumbing system is safe and sound, then don’t forget to schedule your annual plumbing inspection. Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Ohio Valley can have an experienced plumber at your location as soon as possible. Give us a call whenever you need urgent plumbing repair!


As you know, water comes in three states. The plumbing system mostly deals with the liquid state, but those in areas with low temperatures experience another: the solid, frozen state. When pipes constantly expand and contract, they can eventually crack and allow leaks. Over time, those cracks become burst pipes. In some cases, the frozen water in the pipe could cause the pipe the burst directly!

Insulate all pipes that are exposed, especially those in the crawl space, garage, and basement. Keep building temperatures above freezing even when you are away on vacation. Bring faucets to a drip while you are away because running water is less likely to freeze than standing water!

Tree Roots

Trees are beautiful additions to any garden or landscape but be mindful of where you plant those ornaments. Tree roots can grow out tens of feet long. If those roots cannot find the water they need, then they will crash through plumbing pipes for it. Invasive tree roots can penetrate through pipes and drains, leaving you with a problem that you likely will not be aware of. Routine inspections can spot hidden disasters like this. The sooner you catch the problem, the earlier we can implement a strategy for long-term relief. We want you to enjoy your trees AND your plumbing!

Corrosion, Rust, and Wear and Tear

Your plumbing system is incredibly durable and built to last – a very long time. Some plumbing components can last over a century while others must be replaced every five to ten years. It all depends on the materials, and the stress that those materials endure. Corrosion, rust, and wear and tear will break down plumbing components and make way for issues. These weak links in the plumbing system are generally afflicted with leaking following by further deterioration.

Routine maintenance ensures all bolts and screws are on tight, and it helps catches issues early on. It’s easier to patch a small leak than to deal with a burst pipe. Schedule your biennial plumbing service appointment to enjoy your peace of mind.

Need Emergency Plumbing Repair?

Are your pipes leaking? Do you need emergency plumbing repair? Residents in the Ohio Valley area are invited to call Mr. Rooter Plumbing for quality and affordable service. Our dedicated plumbers and staff are on standby to take your call today.