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What to do When Your Pipes Burst

Monday, Feb 4, 19

Leaking Pipe South Hills

Tips from your South Hills plumbing experts.

“Honey! The pipes burst!” Oh, the dreaded day the cold won. And though you’ve done what you could do prepare for this, in the end, the lingering cold temperature got the best of your pipes. Though winter is well underway, Pittsburgh’s is officially entering the deep freeze of winter. While older homes with unfinished basements or cellars are prone to a pipe burst, even a new home is at risk. There are many factors that could cause a pipe to burst in South Hills.

Reasons for a Burst Pipe

1.     Cold temperatures can cause the water in a pipe to expand. Once it expands the ice causing the pipe to burst.

2.     Moving pipes are caused by pipes that aren’t secured into place. When you turn the water on and off, you may hear a rattling or hammering noise within your walls. This is the sound of the pipes moving around. Overtime, this movement weakens the joints creating a perfect storm for a pipe burst.

3.     Water pressure is another reason a pipe may burst. It’s important to regulate water pressure as too much pressure can cause a pipe to burst if the pipe can’t handle the water-flow. Use a pressure gauge to determine if the pressure is too high. As a tip, water pressure should be between 30-50 psi. Anything over 60 psi may cause issues.

4.     Corrosion in older pipes are very common. While pipes can last decades, overtime they may start to corrode. Corroded pipes can slow down or stop water flow – which could lead to a burst pipe – it can also release lead into the water which can be dangerous to your family’s health.

Steps to Prevent a Pipe Burst

  • Allow a trickle of water to run in your sink
  • Open sink cabinets to allow heat to reach water hidden pipes
  • Insulate pipes at threat with a pipe sleeve (or pool noodles, if you’re in a pinch!)
    So, what do you do when your pipes burst? Pittsburgh’s South Hills plumbing experts of 412 Plumbing have a few tips to ease the panic of a burst pipe.

#1. Don’t Panic!
While the first reaction is to do just that, try to remain calm and follow the pipe back to the water’s shut-off valve.

#2. Shut Off the Water.

Once you find the pipe’s shut-off valve, shut it off. Should you have issues finding the individual valve, shutting off the main valve to your water will stop all the water in your house from running. Either way, stopping the water is the first step to remedying the situation.

#3. Assess the damage
Try to find the exact point of where the pipe burst, and be on the lookout for other cracks, holes and leaks. A pinhole crack can be fixed with something a simple as electrical tape. Something a bit more damaging, like a hairline fracture, can be repaired with pipe sealant. Larger fractures will need patched with a patch kit. This kit entails some working knowledge of pipes, so you’ll need the tools and the “know-how” to sand your pipes.

Call Your South Hills Plumbers

When a pipe bursts, the staff at 412 Plumbing offers emergency plumbing services to the South Hills and Greater Pittsburgh, 24/7! Rest assured we’ll do everything we can to repair and prevent the next occurrence.

Don’t let the stress of a burst pipe get you down. If you live in the South Hills or Greater Pittsburgh area, call our 24/7 Emergency Service at 412-320-1700!


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