Burst Water Pipe

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What to Do In Case Of a Burst Pipe?

If you experience a burst pipe, immediately turn off the main water supply to your home. Below are pictures of the different kinds of stop valves. Always turn the handle clockwise until it stops, switch geyser off, open a hot water tap and Call Optimus Plumbing.

Why Do Pipes Burst?

The following are other potential causes of a pipe burst that you should look out for!

Rusty Pipes 

Pipes, like anything else in your home, only last for so long and will eventually start to wear out or rust over. Too much rusting or wear and tear makes them vulnerable to bursts.  The speed at which pipes wear out depends on what the pipes are made of, how often they are used, and the condition of the water in the pipes.  It is highly recommended that you inspect your pipes and replace the ones that have become weak or rusty to avoid costly emergency repairs and damages.

Hard Water 

Hard water refers to water that has a high content of magnesium and calcium. These minerals are not harmful for human consumption, but they can be very harmful to your pipes.  The calcium and magnesium can build up within the pipes slowing the flow of the water and it will seem like you have low water pressure but in the mean time you have a mineral build-up.  These minerals have also been known to corrode the pipes and cause holes that allow the water to flow out. This also causes damage to water heaters.

Incorrect Installation:       

Pipe leaks can happen if there is a poorly soldered or fitted connection between pipes or if the incorrect kind of piping is used. If you notice a problem in the connection of your pipes, call a professional to fix the problem before it leads to a burst pipe.

Signs of Worn Out Pipes

Worn out and weakened pipes have a high risk of bursting because they lose the ability to withstand the pressure from the water.  These warning signs can help you tell if you have worn out or leaking pipes:

Stains on the wall:

If there are stains on the wall near your pipes, there is a good chance that water is leaking. Any type of pipe leak can have a damaging effect on your home, especially if it is in a hidden area and left to keep leaking.  You should call Optimus Plumbing as soon as you notice a possible leak.

Discolored water:

If the water that comes out of your faucet is regularly yellow or brown, you might have rusty pipes. Make sure that there hasn’t been pipe maintenance in your area as it may also be a reason for discolored water.  It is advised to replace any rusty pipes before they deteriorate and spring a leak.

Lower water pressure:

There are many factors that can cause a drop in water pressure including mineral build-ups from hard water and pipe leaks. If there is a noticeable drop in your water pressure, Call Pretoria Plumbers – Optimus Plumbing Now to inspect your pipes.

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