What Causes Pipes to Burst?

When temperatures drop for extended periods of time, water changes from its liquid state to a solid and is no longer able to move freely through a home’s piping infrastructure. This chemical process causes water to expand throughout the system, leading to extreme pressure build up. This pressure may result in bursting of any piping materials including plastic or copper.

While freezing temperatures are a common cause of rupturing pipes, other blockages and clogs can also lead to bursting. Common obstructions include hair, soap scum or build up, bathroom products, food or other materials disposed of in a toilet or drain. Pipes that are the most susceptible to damage are exposed to the elements. They are often located in areas such as basements and crawl spaces, unheated or colder interior areas, or areas outside the home unprotected by residential insulation such as an outdoor hose spigot.
What to Do In Case of Water Damage

What to Do When a Pipe Bursts

Shut Off the Water

The first and most important step is to ensure that your main water supply is turned off. Flowing water can exacerbate the situation and increase damage to your home or business. Minimize issues by cutting water off at the source.

Repair the Pipe

A damaged pipe requires repair. Whether you choose to repair the damage yourself or contact a plumbing professional, it is imperative that you address the issue immediately to prevent flooding and excessive water entry into the home.

Remove the Water

Pipe bursts can cause an extreme amount of water damage to a home in a very short period of time. Standing water in the home can lead to structural and foundational damage that require expensive repair. It can also potentially knock out other appliances such as furnaces or water heaters.

As temperatures tend to plummet in the late evening to early morning hours, Michigan residents are no stranger to inconvenient pipe issues during after hours. It’s important to have a partner on your side that is ready and available to act quickly. The IICRC Certified professionals at weDRY Michigan are available 24/7 to answer the call when water damage strikes. Request a free water damage assessment and a member of our team will be in touch within the hour.

Mold Removal from Water Damage

Bursting pipes are no exception to mold risk. When water is released from the pipes in small or large quantities, proper removal is essential. Unattended water will often result in mold in hard-to-reach areas of the home. This is why weDRY Restoration promises to clean up the water at its source correctly and completely the first time.

If an instance of unaddressed water from a previous breakage has occurred, it’s not too late to contact weDRY Restoration. In addition to water damage restoration and mitigation, our experts specialize in mold removal and remediation to keep your family safe. Water Damage Home Insurance Claims

Water Damage Home Insurance Claims

When a home is flooded and pipes are broken, the last thing that a homeowner wants to worry about is filing an insurance claim. The team at weDRY Restoration is more than happy to speak with your insurance adjuster to answer questions they may have concerning the damage to your home. Years of experience have given the weDRY Team extensive knowledge of the information required by your insurance company.

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Burst Pipe Water Damage Restoration

When a pipe bursts, time is of the essence. When disaster strikes, you need an honest water damage restoration expert that will give you the complete picture of your situation and the next steps required. weDRY believes in honesty and transparency, providing water damage services to businesses and homeowners throughout the entire Southeast Michigan region.


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