Burst Pipe Emergency – Prevention and Action

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Tornado Plumbing has been working in Toronto and GTA for many years and one of the most common issues in plumbing is pipe bursts in the water system, both in residential and commercial systems. There are multiple reasons for bust pipes, freezing temperatures is usually the main. There are other reasons like damage, misuse or age of pipes that cause failure of the system and you need to call emergency plumber. Some systems have water and other liquids under high pressure which causes break downs of piping with any faults. Burst pipes can have devastating and dramatic effects, such as putting people out of house, damaging property and even shutting down the road or area of city for several days. As a result one house or even a neighborhood can be left without water.

 

Leaking Burst Pipes

In city like Toronto or Mississauga with a population boom and non-stop construction, the plumbing systems and integrations are so complicated and diverse in terms of age and standards, that it makes timely maintenance almost impossible. There are many different systems that use pipes and are integrated between each other, such as boilers, waste disposals and garden features. Burst water pipe in a residential house is probably the worst plumbing issue a household can face, it not the cost of calling a plumber to repair the issue or the cost of lost water, but the damage this water can make to your property. Some pipe bursts can be unnoticed in the first couple hours if the pipe is in the floor or ceiling.

You can loose up to 500 liters of water from the burst pipe per hour. So if the water leak is happening when no one is at home and it is only noticed 10 hours later. You could get up to 5,000 liters of water in your house. Which is enough to fill in a bedroom from floor to ceiling. Which could cause a substantial damage to the building and the property inside. On top of that there is a price of the water that you will have to pay to the city of Toronto. That is why it is extremely important to do regular checks and timely maintenance of your water system by professional plumbers like Tornado Plumbing.

 

How to Prevent Pipe Burst?

 

  1. Know when your stopcock is and how to operate it.
  2. Make sure that any outdoor pipes are insulated, including drainage pipes.
  3. Ensure that pipes in an unheated areas like garage or shed are well lagged.
  4. Cold water tank needs to be insulated to prevent pipe bursts.
  5. Leave your heating on at 12 degrees cesium in the cold weather, to prevent pipes from freezing.
  6. Fix any leaks or dripping taps before the frost.
  7. Get your heating system serviced regularly.
  8. Leave your loft hatch open to let the worm air in when it’s frosty outside.
  9. If you are leaving house unoccupied make sure to turn the stopcock off and drain the water from the system.

Follow the above steps save your water system from burst pipes and call Tornado Plumbing if you need help!

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The Tornado Plumbing & Drains Company offers pipe replacement by pipe bursting services and Burst Pipe Emergency in Toronto provided by well-qualified workers. They can meet all your urgent commercial and residential needs with a complete range of services. All your drain issues will be solved with the help of your knowledge, expertise, many years of experience, and brand-new highly technological equipment.

There are multiple reasons for bust pipes, freezing temperatures is usually the main. There are other reasons like damage, misuse or age of pipes that cause failure of the system and you need to call emergency plumber. Some systems have water and other liquids under high pressure which causes break downs of piping with any faults. Burst pipes can have devastating and dramatic effects, such as putting people out of house, damaging property and even shutting down the road or area of city for several days. As a result one house or even a neighborhood can be left without water. Our team members are licensed and insured to handle all your Toronto drain repairs quickly. Convenient scheduling options are also available online and by text message.

Professional Pipe Bursting Services We Provide

• Residential Pipe Bursting
• Commercial Pipe Bursting
• Pipe replacement by pipe bursting
• Preventing pipe problems

Our well-trained technicians can operate any highly-technological machines that help them provide the most effective solutions.

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Do you have problems with the pipes? Don’t start to panic! Lookout for:

• your pipes freezing
• leaking pipes and slab leaks
• cracks in your pipes
• moving pipes
• bad Installation:
• water pressure issues
• hard water
• rusty pipes, corrosion
• worn out and weakened pipes
• unexplained absence of water

Very often, the pipes are broken because of the cold, even if there haven’t been any leaks or flooding. Address the problem to your local Tornado experts. They will test and repair any failure to avoid a more severe breakage in the future.

Leaking Burst Pipes

In the city like Toronto or Mississauga with a population boom and non-stop construction, the plumbing systems and integrations are so complicated and diverse in terms of their age and standards that it makes timely maintenance almost impossible. There are many different systems that use pipes and are integrated with each other. Among them, there are boilers, waste disposals, and garden features. The burst water pipe in a residential house is probably the worst plumbing issue a household can face. It does not mean only the cost of calling a plumber to repair the issue or the cost of the wasted water but also the damage this water can do to your property. Some pipe bursts can be unnoticed in the first couple of hours if the pipe is in the floor or ceiling.

You can lose up to 500 liters of water from the burst pipe per hour. So, if the water leak is happening when no one is at home and it is only noticed 10 hours later, you can get up to 5,000 liters of water into your house. It is enough to fill in a bedroom from floor to ceiling. That can cause a substantial damage to the building and the property inside. On top of that, there is a price of the water that you will have to pay to the city of Toronto. That is why, it is vitally important to do regular checks and timely maintenance of your water system by professional plumbers like Tornado Plumbing.

What You Should Do When You Encounter a Burst Pipe

The last thing you would like to face in your household is a burst pipe. To decrease the burst pipe effect, you can make some temporary fixing yourself.

Shut off the Water

The frozen water increases in its volume by 9 percent. If  the pipe, the pressure inside it can go up to 40 pounds per square inch (psi) and over that, even, sometimes, reaching 40,000 psi! That pressure cannot be withstood by the pipe, and it bursts. The breach can occur when there is some weak spot in the pipe or just while the ice is being formed. You notice or not the problem when the pipes are frozen and the breach is in the frozen area. Though, when the ice melts you can encounter a true disaster. If the hole is formed somewhere in the area that is not frozen, you will see the leak immediately. Anyway, shut off the water instantly as soon as you detect a burst pipe and call a plumber.

Open a Faucet

After you have shut off the water, open a faucet to relieve the extensive pressure in the pipes.

Call a Plumber

Just few people may feel comfortable in such a situation and try to repair the pipe without any help. At some point, no matter how handy you are, you’d better call a plumber to diminish the disastrous effects from the broken pipe.

Start Getting Rid of the Water

Use a shop vacuum or just a mob and some buckets to get rid of the water as soon as possible. Or else, it can penetrate into everything in the house and cause much damage and mold issues. To avoid a similar situation in the future, learn more about how to prevent pipes from freezing to deprive you of any worries.

Turn up the Heat

When the blocking operations have been completed, you will need to heat the cold pipes to melt the rest of the ice. Use fans to warm up the cold rooms. The garage door should be kept closed at that time. After you have managed to diminish the flow of water, try to heat up the most fragile pipes. They are usually located in crawl spaces, basements, or next to the exterior walls. Use a hair drier for that. During the entire period when you are applying heat, the faucet should be kept open. Remember that the flow of water may increase as you continue melting the ice.

Open Doors

Keep the doors of closets and pantries open when you have exposed the pipes within them. Let the warm air reach the pipes under sinks in vanities and cabinets, so open their doors as well.

Place a Piece of Rubber over the Leak

Install some kind of clamp on the broken part of the pipe. Put a piece of rubber on the pipe to cover the leak before that.

Add a Block of Wood before Adding a Clamp

If you are lacking all the necessary tools at the moment when you need to stop the leak, you may use any block of wood in hand to place it over the piece of rubber and then fasten a clamp. The block of wood is used to prevent the pipe collapse by spreading the extensive pressure equally.

Common Questions about Burst Pipes

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What does it mean when a pipe bursts?

The pipe can burst when the ice is formed within it and produces much pressure. When the pressure comes across a weak spot in the pipe, it tears it there. The hole may appear at some inches or even feet’s distance from the frozen part. Shut off the water instantly as soon as you notice the leak.

What could cause a pipe to burst?

The bursts of pipes are common in the cold season. The water inside the pipes freezes and expands. The pressure increases and, at some weak points, the pipe bursts. So, the frozen water is the main cause of pipe breaches at cold temperatures.

However, the cold weather is not the only factor to cause burst pipes. If you are a homeowner in Ontario, check your pipes regularly to detect minor leaks, dust, rust, and worn-out parts to avoid their bursting.

What I can to do if pipe burst causes my home to fill up quickly with water?

If you have faced a burst pipe, shut off the water supply, open the faucet to decrease the pressure in the rest of the pipes, and call a plumbing professional for water damage restoration immediately. The expert will help you to repair the pipe and reduce the damage from the water. Only after that, you can turn back on the water supply.

Can I hear a pipe burst?

The pipes that can burst easily pass through the walls in the coldest locations:

  • basements;
  • garages;
  • crawl spaces;
  • burst pipe under floor;
  • exterior walls.

There is a loud ‘popping’ sound or some sounds in a row of this kind heard from the wall. If you hear them, mind that one of the pipes has burst in some place. That happens because the frozen water extends in size and increases the pressure within the pipes.

If the plumbing system is frozen, chunks of ice can block the water flow creating this pressure. And the pressure distorts the pipe at some weak spots.

These weakened parts of the pipe may produce that loud ‘popping’ sound which you hear. It reminds of a car backfiring. Very often, the owner of the house does not hear such a sound. Though, if you do happen to spot it, request the help of a water leak plumber to detect and repair the breach as soon as possible.

That ‘popping’ sound may be heard only once or not heard at all. However, if you suspect that something is wrong with your pipe or notice a leak from the wall, hiring a plumber just to make sure that everything will work smoothly in the future.

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How to Prevent Pipe Burst. Maintenance Tips

Tip #1 – Know when your stopcock is and how to operate it.

Tip #2 – Make sure that any outdoor pipes are insulated, including drainage pipes.

Tip #3 – Ensure that pipes in an unheated areas like garage or shed are well lagged.

Tip #4 – Cold water tank needs to be insulated to prevent pipe bursts.

Tip #5 – Leave your heating on at 12 degrees cesium in the cold weather, to prevent pipes from freezing.

Tip #6 – Fix any leaks or dripping taps before the frost.

Tip #7 – Get your heating system serviced regularly.

Tip #8 – Leave your loft hatch open to let the worm air in when it’s frosty outside.

Tip #9 – If you are leaving house unoccupied make sure to turn the stopcock off and drain the water from the system.

Follow the above steps save your water system from burst pipes and call Tornado Plumbing if you need help!

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