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Burst Pipe: What to Do

February 8th, 2019

There’s a common misconception that pipes can only burst in the winter. There’s this idea that the only time that pipes will ever truly burst is if it’s freezing outside. Of course, living in southern California, that’s rarely often the case. We don’t tend to get too many pipes here that have frozen. Here at USA Restoration we do, however, see clients that have had their pipes burst open. This can happen for a variety of reasons. In this blog, we’ll go over how to tell if you have a burst pipe and how you can best handle the situation.

Burst Pipe in Southern California

Signs of a Burst Pipe

One of the more pernicious things about a pipe that has burst is that you may not know for some time. When a pipe breaks, it’s often not like in the movies, where a gush of water comes out, obvious and large. We’ve had plenty of clients that haven’t been able to tell that a pipe had burst for an extended period of time. When that happens, it can lead to more problems for your home, as the unchecked pipe can make everything worse. When you know what signs to look for, that can give you a head start on knowing if something is wrong, so that you can do what has to be done.

Typically, the clearest sign that your pipes have burst is standing water. That means that you see water in places where you wouldn’t expect it. Moreover, that water is just, well, standing there. Should you see standing water in your home, or should you need to actually put on wading shoes/hop over some area where the water is to get through it, then you may be dealing with a burst pipe. The “wading boots” might be a bit of an exaggeration, but if you see pools of water in your home or place of business, there’s probably something wrong.

Pipe Leak Signs

One sign that people don’t always associate with pipe leaks is if the water pressure drops precipitously. This means if you turn on a faucet or step in the shower and the water doesn’t come out in a very strong stream at all. That may mean that a pipe has already burst or otherwise sprung a leak. Should that happen, then you want to reach out to our professionals as quickly as possible. We perform remediation and return your home to a pre-loss condition.

Another clear sign that your pipes might have already broken or otherwise sprung a leak is if you see stains on your walls that you can’t account for otherwise. Water, when it comes out of a burst pipe, can leave giant stains on your walls and even your ceiling. When you see those and you aren’t sure how they got there, then it very well could be that your pipes have already broken. That’s when you want to call the professionals.

More to Look For

An often overlooked sign to look for is if the water that comes out of your tap has a distasteful brown look, or is otherwise similarly discolored. This could mean that the pipes are beginning to rust. If they begin to rust, they’re probably becoming weaker. The odds that they’ll break and leak as they get weaker go up exponentially. So, if you see brown-looking water coming out of your tap, you want to check on your pipes. Heading off a potential pipe leak or break is a great way to save money and time.

USA Restoration Pros

Seeing water stains on your ceiling or realizing that your pipes have burst can be so frustrating and defeating. If you’re like most people, you may not have planned for something unexpected like this. Fortunately, we’ve found that very few of our customers have to pay for these kinds of repairs out of pocket. The damage caused by pipe leaks can be covered by insurance.

What’s not covered by insurance, unfortunately, is mold. Mold is the kind of thing that the insurance company wants you to have to pay for. Mold often appears if a broken or leaky pipe hasn’t been caught, leading to more significant water damage. That’s the kind of scenario that allows mold to grow. Then, when the mold causes damage, you could be on the hook for that financially, as insurance wouldn’t be able to cover it.

No matter how your pipes came to leak or otherwise cause problems, we can help. Remediation is possible, as is returning your home to a pre-loss state. We’ve been providing these services to the southern California area for many years. We know that you don’t get to pick what time of day that your pipes leak or break. That’s why our services are available 24/7/365. All you have to do is call us at (800) 805-0541 or head to our site.