Bursting Pipes outside the Home


When outdoor pipes burst. (Photo Credits)

Outdoor pipes burst, and it can wreak havoc outside any person’s home. In worst cases it can even cause flooding. So what should a homeowner do, when an outdoor pipe bursts outside his home?

Plumbers advise that if in case such thing occurs outside your home, and the pipe belongs to your plumbing fixture it would be best to get in touch with a licensed plumber. If however it is a community pipe, then reporting it to the water company supplier would be the best recourse.

Tree Hugger shared information on how homeowner’s can deal with a burst pipe, first of which is to shut off the main valve. In the same article, it also shared long term prevention tips. Plumbing Association of San Diego            

“This doesn’t happen in a properly insulated and sealed house; I suspect that no Passive House designs ever got a frozen pipe. (1) Never put pipes in an outside wall, and avoid putting bathroom vanities on outside walls; I did this in my Mom’s cottage and this is where I learned how to solder and fix pipes; (2)    If a pipe is particularly susceptible to freezing, put electric heat tape and insulation on it. (3) Modern plastic plumbing is less likely to burst when it freezes; use instead of copper.”

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Dealing with broken outdoor pipes

You Repair also shared some advice to its readers who may be dealing with broken pipe problems outside their home. A/C And HVAC

“Turn off the water at your main valve found near your water meter. If you don’t know where your water meter is then go find it before something like this happens. At the same time look around and try to find all of your shutoff valves. Mark them on a diagram on a piece of paper and place that paper near your water meter or someplace that you can easily get to in case there is a problem.”

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The Insurance Institute for Business and Safety meantime published a manuscript explaining how pipes burst, why it happens, and what can be done when it happens. The guide also included how to prevent pipes from bursting.

“Surprisingly, ice forming in a pipe does not typically cause a break where the ice blockage occurs. It’s not the radial expansion of ice against the wall of the pipe that causes the break. Rather, following a complete ice blockage in a pipe, continued freezing and expansion inside the pipe causes water pressure to increase downstream — between the ice blockage and a closed faucet at the end. It’s this increase in water pressure that leads to pipe failure.”

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Pipe bursts can be stressful. It is important to know how to deal with it in case it happens.

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