Burst pipes in your house can be a plumbing nightmare. Not only can they be difficult and expensive to fix, but they can also cause extensive damage—especially if they aren't caught early.
Fortunately, there are a few things you can do around the house to prevent burst pipes, and they are all easy and affordable. If you're curious about prevention in the home, here are four tips that will help you out.
1. Keep Your Water Pump in Good Working Order
There are two major factors that can lead to burst pipes, and the first is water pressure. Water pressure can build up inside your pipes for a number of reasons, and one of the main ones is the water pump itself.
Clogs and other problems with the water pump can create pressure inside the system, and if the pressure builds too much, the pipes can expand and burst. Luckily, preventing this is simple, and all you have to do is perform regular water pump maintenance, and have your plumbing system regularly inspected by a professional.
2. Take Preventative Action Before a Vacation
The second major cause of burst pipes is freezing, because water expands when it freezes, and this can cause the pipes to burst.
Frozen pipes and bursts are generally only a problem in winter months, but preventing this issue becomes important when you go away on holidays or leave the house for extended periods during cooler seasons.
Prevention: When you do go away in the winter, turn your water heater to vacation mode or a lower setting, but never turn it off. It’s also a good idea to leave your furnace running (albeit at a lower temperature) to ensure that the house doesn’t get too cold.
3. Be on the Lookout for Leaks
There are a number of issues that can cause leaking pipes, but a leak can lead to a burst in certain situations. Even if a leak isn't at risk of causing a burst pipe, water damage can be extensive, expensive, and inconvenient to fix. Not only that, but making a mistake with a simple leak could cause a pipe to burst, which is the exact problem you're looking to avoid!
4. Call an Experienced Professional at the Earliest Sign of Trouble
While fixing a leak may seem like a simple DIY task, making a mistake can cause more damage than the leak itself, leading to more expensive repairs, longer repair times, and more headaches.
If you do discover leaks or any signs of a plumbing problem in the house, call a plumber to assess and diagnose the problem. An experienced professional will have the knowledge to evaluate the problem, determine the location and cause, and have the tools and skill to fix the issue without causing more damage.
Burst pipes aren't something you want to deal with at any time of year. Not only are they a pain, but they can also shut off the water to parts or all of your house.
But as long as you maintain your water pump, take steps to stop freezing before vacations, and be vigilant about leaks, you should be able to prevent burst pipes in your house. And if you do notice any suspicious signs of water, leaks, or other plumbing issues, call in the experts at Indiana Leak Detection, serving the Indianapolis area. You can book an appointment today by calling (317) 449-2780.