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That unexpected but very real problem – a pipe in your home bursts and the flood gates open, literally.  In a large part of the country, a common reason for this to happen is by the pipes freezing.  When water lays stagnant it will freeze and expand allowing a buildup of pressure to an area of the pipe.  Once this becomes too much, it can result in the pipe bursting.  By dripping the faucet during freezing or low temperature shifts will help to prevent the water from freezing and keep it flowing through the pipe.

In Florida’s climate however, freezing is not the usual cause.  Some other reasons that pipes can burst and cause significant water damage to your home are listed below, so let us explore to better understand.

  • Clogs – We sometimes do not think about what could make its way down a drain to the pipes below secretly working on a bigger problem.  Some personal or household products we use, buildup of hair and food scrapes can all contribute to this process.  Even children can unintentionally put toys or other things down a drain causing a potential hazard. Being aware and mindful can help to prevent a clogged drain or toilet which can put pressure on the pipe leading to a crack or a complete break of the pipe.
  • Invasive Tree Roots – Trees in your yard add to the curb appeal and enjoyment of your home, however some can cause a big problem if their roots grow down deep into the soil and reach your water pipes.  Most pipes are not strong enough to stop these encroaching guests and what will eventually happen is the roots will continue to grow and place pressure and stress on pipes until they become compromised and crack.  One tree variety especially known for being invasive and problematic is the Ficus tree.  This tree thrives in the tropical climate such as we have here in Florida.  They are known for the vine-like surface roots that can smother neighboring plants and the deeper roots will invade water pipes or septic tanks.  When planting trees, the best practice is to plant them as far away from buried water pipes as possible.
  • Corrosion or Rusty Pipes – The material which your pipes are made from will determine the speed at which they may become weak from corrosion.  Pipes have a lifespan like anything else in your home and need to be inspected for wear and tear, corrosion, rust, and stress points that would promote a breach for a hole, crack, or complete burst.
  • Water Pressure – It is recommended that generally residential water pressure should stay between 45 and a maximum of 75 psi (pound per square inch).  To high of water pressure can lead to leaks, bursting pipes, boilers, or water tanks.  Some warning signs of pressure being too high is banging or noises coming from pipes; spitting or leaks from facets; toilets running when not in use or higher water bills when usage remains at the same level. 

Water damage can be destructive and cause a host of problems for your home and family.  Once your walls, floors, carpet, and furnishings become wet, it only takes as little 24 to 48 hours for mold to start to grow.  It will continue to grow unless the appropriate steps are taken to remediate and effectively deal with the problems.  Mold negatively affects the air quality that you breathe and causes a wide range of health concerns.  Should you experience a water leak from a broken pipe, call a professional immediately to help. 

At Coastal Air Assessments, we work our way from the outside in, first identifying potential issues at the exterior of the home that could be causing poor air quality inside the home. Our Mold Assessments and Air Sampling Tests are timely, accurate, and a true asset for Florida homeowners. Contact us today for your free consultation.