Burst water pipes are one of the most common plumbing problems. When it happens, you’ll think that you’re somehow cursed because of the sheer amount of damage it can bring to your home. From the cost of repairing the burst pipe to the cost of refurbishing the damaged areas, a burst pipe can spell disaster.
There are two simple ways to detect if you have a burst pipe. The first obvious sign you have a burst water pipe is leaking water. Areas around your property that are constantly wet and do not dry up can indicate you have a burst pipe.
The second, and not so obvious sign you have a burst pipe, is a higher than normal water utility bill and water spots appearing on ceilings and floors. Sometimes, water leaks can go undetected if very small and not seen. Watching your meter ticking over is another sign that water is being wasted and you may have a burst pipe.
We have come up with 6 Simple Ways You Can Prevent Burst Pipes In Your Home
Burst pipes are preventable. Preventative actions will not only save you the great stress that comes with this plumbing issue but it will also save you money and water. So instead of thinking you’re “cursed,” take action and minimise your risk for burst pipes by using these six simple ways.
- Insulate outside pipes, taps and drain pipes.
Unprotected piping and sometimes freezing temperatures create the perfect situation for a burst pipe in the system. So focus on those two things and use insulate lagging or foam on the outside pipes, taps, and drain pipes. As you do this, make sure to not leave any bends, joints, or taps exposed; use fitted covers for outside taps.
- Keep water running through slowly, at all times.
Do this when the temperatures dip really low. Of course, use a bucket to catch the water so you don’t waste the precious resource. By taking this simple step, you can prevent the line from freezing.
- Use pipe lagging for unheated areas.
These areas include your garage, loft, and basement. High quality pipe lagging will insulate your pipes in these unheated areas by maintaining the heat within the pipes. Pipe lagging, incidentally, also prevents condensation on cold pipes.
- Leave your heating on to 12 degrees centigrade.
During really cold weather, your heating system should keep your piping sufficiently warm, minimising any risk of a burst pipe.
- Fix leaks straight away.
Don’t let any plumbing problem get any bigger. Call a licensed plumber when your taps are dripping or leaking. Leaks have a way of turning into a burst pipe when left unresolved.
- Get your piping system looked at by a licensed plumber.
When you plan to be away from your home for a long time, make sure that your piping system is in good condition before you make that trip. A proper check up by a licensed plumber will uncover any small issues that may potentially cause a burst pipe. It’s always a good idea to get ahead of any problem before they turn into a huge expensive headache for you.
Then get recommendations from your plumber about how to leave your pipes when you go (i.e., should you leave the heating on, then turn off the stopcock and drain remaining water in the system?).