Pipe Bursting Services in Washington DC and Rockville MD
With years of experience in the plumbing industry, the experts at Jimmy Gusky have seen it all. We know how scary it can be when a pipe bursts, which is why we’re more than happy to offer our services to all of our clients.
A burst pipe is a serious issue that can easily case other problems in your home or business, which is why it’s vital you are able to call on someone you can trust. We take pride in offering thorough, efficient service to help in your time of need.
Why do pipes burst?
You may be wondering what, exactly, causes pipes to burst, as well as what you can do to prevent it. The truth is, pipes can burst for a variety of reasons, some of which include:
- Extremely cold temperatures: Extreme cold can lead to frozen pipes. Since ice has more volume than water, it can freeze inside the pipe and cause an increase in pressure, ultimately escaping by bursting through the pipe. To prevent your pipes from freezing, we recommend turning on the faucet for a slow stream of water during bouts of extreme cold. This will keep the water moving through the pipes and hopefully prevent freezing. It can also help to open cabinets where pipes are located to keep warm air circulating around the pipes.
- Movement: If your pipes aren’t properly secured, they can move around, which loosens joints and can cause them to eventually burst. Make sure that they are secured by hiring a professional and having them checked for movement.
- Water pressure: An increase in water pressure can lead to a burst pipe, as the pipe is unable to contain pressure over a certain level. You can attach a pressure gauge to a sink spout to find out what your water pressure is and make adjustments accordingly.
- Corrosion: Growing corrosion and rust within the pipes can block the flow of water, eventually creating a situation in which your pipe can easily burst, or even close off and prevent the flow of water entirely. Either way, if you notice issues with your pipes, it’s important to have them diagnosed by a licensed professional to avoid potentially dangerous issues.
What to do when your pipe bursts
When you’re facing a burst pipe, you may find it difficult to decide what to do first. After calling Jimmy Gusky for emergency services, it’s important to turn off the water flow by locating the stop tap on the water main. Next, shut off your hot water heater and run cold water through all the water faucets. You can also attempt to locate the broken pipe to make the fix easier for professionals when they arrive. In addition to hiring a plumber, you may need drying services to prevent mold, discoloration, and other issues associated with flooding and water leakage.
Call us when you need pipe bursting services.