Effect of Pipe Bursts

What Is the Effect of Pipe Bursts?

Burst pipes often lead to water damage unless the leak is caught and repaired immediately. About 250,000 families have their homes damaged from frozen pipes bursting each year, according to State Farm Insurance. Burst pipes also present a significant problem to cities and municipalities when major utility line pipes rupture.

Burst pipes can cause much damage, ruining carpets and floors, shorting electrics and creating excellent conditions for the growth of mould or mildew. Water from pipes may flood the basement, ruining everything that you have stored down there. Your walls might also be damaged from burst pipes so you must resolve the situation as soon as possible. Any furniture in the path of the water could become damaged, resulting in extensive repairs and replacement costs.

Sewer

Sewage can spill into the open when a sewer line bursts. In some cases an enormous amount of dangerous waste can flow into the environment creating a potential health hazard. A sewer pipe that burst in Florida in June 2011 released about 2.2 million gallons of sewage into the Thompson Bayou wetlands. A later pipe failure in August 2011 released about 1.4 million gallons. Authorities advised residents not to engage in water-related activities, due to dangers from bacteria, according to the touchstoneplumbers.co.uk/plumbers-in-ealing/ site.

Streets

Water main bursts can create a considerable amount of damage to property and be an inconvenience to residents. Such events prevent traffic from proceeding normally and flood nearby homes and businesses. Water main ruptures might also interfere with gas lines, which happened when a water main burst in New York City in August 2011. Many area residents were left without a way to cook for their families, according to the New York Daily News.

Prevention

Prevention should be the prime weapon in your arsenal against damage from a pipe bursting in your home. In particular, guard against frozen pipes, a widespread cause of pipe failure. Cover exposed pipes with insulation, such as fiberglass and remove any garden hoses from outside taps. When freezing weather hits, leave hot and cold taps open to allow the water to drip. Avoid turning down your thermostat at night.

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