What Causes Pipes To Burst?


It’s common knowledge that pipes can burst in cold winter temperatures. But it doesn’t always take cold weather to cause plumbing issues. Some homeowners can end up with burst water pipes even in the heart of summer.

So what exactly causes pipes to burst in the first place? To help you avoid plumbing issues in your own home, here are some of the most common reasons why pipes burst and what you can do to avoid them.

Corrosion in old pipes

It’s recommended to have your plumbing system serviced at least once a year. This is because your plumbing system could end up falling victim to rust and corrosion if it’s left to its own devices.

While it’s true that plumbing is meant to last for a long time, your pipes won’t last forever. Slow-building corrosion will gradually cause your pipes to fail.

Corrosion can be caused by many things including hard water or a pH imbalance. If your pipes are made from galvanized iron, a breakdown of the galvanized coating can also cause corrosion.

To avoid your pipes from bursting, make sure to have your plumbing system regularly serviced by your local plumbers. A professional plumber will be able to help you determine whether a given pipe needs to be replaced.

Problems with water pressure

It’s important to maintain normal water pressure not only for your daily activities like doing dishes and showering but also for your water supply pipes to function properly. A major increase in water pressure can cause a pipe or faucet to burst because the pipe can’t contain it.

To keep your home’s water pressure under control, make sure to keep your pressure between 30 and 50 psi. The pressure should never exceed 60 psi because it’ll cause damage to the pipes and plumbing fixtures.

Cold temperatures

It doesn’t always need to be winter for your pipes to freeze. If temperatures get cold enough during the night, the water inside the pipe can freeze.

As the water expands and increases pressure inside the pipe, the pressure can cause the pipe to rupture. This is more likely to happen if the pipe has a weak joint. To prevent frozen pipes, make sure that your pipes are insulated and that you always keep water moving through the pipes.

If you have leaky pipes or other plumbing issues in your home, you’re not alone. In fact, approximately 10% of U.S. households have leaks in their plumbing that can waste up to 90 gallons of water every day. Fortunately, the local plumbers of Preferred Plumbing and Drain can help.

Where can I find a local plumber?

Whether you’re in Sacramento, Modesto, or Stockton, Preferred Plumbing and Drain has the emergency plumbing services you need to repair your pipes or sewer line quickly and efficiently. For more information about our plumbing services or to schedule an emergency plumbing visit, contact Preferred Plumbing and Drain today.