What Causes Pipes to Burst and How to Prevent It from Happening

Pipes can burst due to a variety of reasons, including freezing temperatures, corrosion, and high water pressure. To prevent pipes from bursting, homeowners can:

  1. Insulate pipes in unheated areas, such as attics, basements, and garages to prevent them from freezing.

  2. Fix any leaks as soon as they are discovered. Leaks can weaken pipes and make them more susceptible to bursting.

  3. Keep the water pressure in your home at a safe level, typically between 40 and 60 psi (pounds per square inch). High water pressure can put a strain on pipes and cause them to burst.

  4. Have a professional plumber check your pipes for signs of corrosion and wear, and replace them if necessary.

  5. Know the location of your main water shut-off valve and how to turn it off in case of an emergency.

  6. Keep an emergency kit ready with tools and materials in case of pipe burst.

By taking these steps, you can help prevent pipes from bursting and protect your home from water damage.