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What Caused That Pipe to Break?

12/8/2020 (Permalink)

Are you hearing a drip? As the weather gets colder, many residents will experience frozen pipes. While freezing temperatures are creeping upon us, it is important to know what to expect. If you happen to encounter a leak in your house, it could be due to a variety of causes:

  • An improperly installed appliance
  • Clogged drain 
  • Broken sink, bathtub, toilet, washing machine or dishwasher 

What you might not be considering? The very real possibility of a broken pipe. A broken pipe can cause an enormous amount of damage to your home. In particular, the most amount of damage occurs when you don’t find the leak immediately or you don’t have direct access to the location of the break. 

Broken pipes occur for a variety of reasons: freezing, corrosion and water pressure.


With colder weather, extreme temperatures can cause pipes to expand and break. Once the ice melts, the water can flood your home. It’s important to note that pipes can freeze when they are exposed to temperatures below 28 degrees Fahrenheit. In particular, the pipes that are most prone to freezing are found in unfinished basements and in attics. 


Older pipes tend to break down with age and require a trained professional to replace them. If ignored, it can cause an enormous amount of flooding. It is best to have a professional plumber to come in and inspect pipes before any leaks happen. 

Water Pressure

High water pressure can also be the cause of a pipe break in your home. When water enters your home it passes through a pressure regulator, and if that regulator is faulty, it can cause the pressure to rise exponentially. If the pressure gets high enough it can cause a pipe to break. 

SERVPRO of South Mecklenburg County is an expert in resolving water damage. If a pipe breaks we are there to help you clean up the flooding and dry out your home. Our project managers and technicians are able to help locate the source, clean the damage, and make sure to remove all of the moisture in your home.


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