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A Burst Pipe can be a Big Problem

During cold weather, your plumbing can freeze and even burst. Think you may be dealing with a burst pipe? You'll need to troubleshoot the problem right away.

Check For Burst Pipes

The pipes in your home don't like cold weather any more than you do. If they're not kept above freezing, the water inside will freeze, causing it to expands and split open the pipe itself.

Once the pipe is broken, the only thing preventing water from escaping is the ice, so when that melts, water will start to leak out and become a serious problem.

The best defense is a strong offense: during a stretch of extreme cold, keep the indoor temperature a couple of degrees higher to keep your pipes safe and warm.

How to check for burst pipes

  • When a line freezes, water can't move through it. If one particular tap or appliance isn't getting water, follow that line until you find the shut-off valve.

    The valve is on if the handles are in line with the pipe (parallel). If it's turned the opposite direction of the pipe (perpendicular), then turn it until it's completely in line with the pipe.

    If you have a circular valve handle, make sure it's turned counterclockwise as far as it will go.

  • If you're sure all of the shut off valves are open and you're still not getting water from one line, it might be frozen. Unfortunately, there's no way to know for sure that a frozen pipe has burst until the ice melts. Once it does, you'll hear or see the water leaking.

  • If you suspect a line has split or burst, you'll want to turn it off as soon as possible. Follow the line back until you find the shut off valve for that specific line. Turn it until the handles are running in the opposite direction of the pipe (perpendicular). If it's a circular handle, turn it clockwise as far as it will go. Once the water line is off, call a technician to come repair the line.

If you're trying to troubleshoot low water pressure, consider other issues that could be causing the problem.

What To Do If Your Pipes Burst?

Unfortunately, a burst pipe is an urgent problem, and not one you'll be able to fix on your own. Call a technician to assess the problem and discuss your options for repair.

NOTE: This content is for informational purposes only, and HomeX and its affiliates disclaim all liability related to it. If you decide to perform any tasks based on this information, you assume all risks, including the risk of loss or damage to property or personal injury.

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