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Can A Plumber Fix A Ruptured Pipe? | Mesa, AZ

Can A Plumber Fix A Ruptured Pipe? | Mesa, AZ

Frozen pipes aren’t exactly a problem in Mesa, AZ, but a frozen pipe isn’t the only cause of a pipe rupture. A ruptured pipe is a burst pipe–a broken pipe, and yes, sometimes ruptured pipes can be fixed, but sometimes they must be replaced. Either way, when a pipe ruptures, you need a skilled plumber to tackle the job. Schroeder Plumbing offers a complete lineup of plumbing maintenance and repair services. In addition to pipe repair, we tackle drain cleaning, water heaters, leak detection, and much more. Ruptured pipes are a plumbing emergency. Learn more here.

What Causes a Pipe to Rupture?

Although in northern climates, freezing temperatures are a common cause of pipe ruptures, there are actually many things that can cause a pipe to burst. When a pipe bursts, the rupture might occur anywhere along the pipe, but often, the breaks happen around pipe seams or at values. Some common causes of pipe ruptures are:

Age

Unfortunately, no plumbing system lasts forever. While an experienced plumbing pro from Schroeder Plumbing can help you promote the longevity of your pipes with proper care and maintenance of your plumbing system, age will eventually catch up with all pipe materials, though some, as you know, tend to last longer than others. As pipes near the end of their reasonable lifespan, they can become brittle. When that happens, they have an increased risk for rupturing.

Clogs

Clogs and blockages put considerable pressure on the interior of pipes. A stubborn clog that won’t budge can be caused by all sorts of things–even grease. In situations where items like diapers or paper towels get caught in the drain, they can stop up the pipe, blocking water from flowing. All that pressure within the drain can cause the pipe to rupture. If you have a stubborn clog, it’s best to call a plumber right away to quickly and safely remove it.

Tree Roots

Tree roots can cause underground pipes to rupture. Tree roots can get into pipes through loose seams or even tiny holes in the pipe. Older pipes are prone to developing pinpoint holes. Tiny roots in search of water and nutrients will enter these holes where they’ll hit the proverbial jackpot of water and nutrients. Then, they grow and grow until you notice that your drains are draining more slowly or you have water backing up into your home through your drains. Not only can tree roots cause horribly messy and potentially dangerous wastewater backups, they can cause your sewer pipe to rupture. If your sewer line is invaded by tree roots, you need an experienced plumber to visit your Mesa, AZ home to clean them out and repair your pipe if necessary.

Poor Installation

Sometimes, we’re sorry to say, pipes burst in newer homes too. Why? Poor installation is a major cause of ruptured pipes. When your home was built, an inexperienced plumber may have made mistakes. Experience matters when it comes to pipe installation. If your rupture is caused by poor pipe installation, Schroeder Plumbing can make the repair you need and inspect your plumbing system, looking for signs of other pipes that need attention.

Corrosion

Age and corrosion go hand in glove when it comes to pipes, but corrosion can affect less aged pipes too. Corrosion causes pipes to become weak and brittle. Metal pipes, of course, are vulnerable to corrosion. If you notice signs of corrosion, let a plumber from our team inspect your plumbing system right away.

What to Do If You Have a Ruptured Pipe

A ruptured pipe is a plumbing emergency. The water that bursts from the pipe can cause extensive property damage. Before you do anything, turn off the water main at your Mesa, AZ home. Then, turn on a faucet. No water will come through with the water off, but by switching on the faucet, you can relieve existing pressure within the plumbing system. Then, call Schroeder Plumbing. We’ll send a skilled plumber to your home.

While waiting for our plumber to arrive, you should attempt to clean up the water as soon as possible. Water can ruin drywall and flooring. You’ll need buckets. If you have a wet-dry vacuum, it will be worth its weight in gold at this point. Water damage can lead to a mold outbreak. Even after our plumber repairs your pipe, you need to be vigilant about checking for signs of mold. If you find any, deal with it immediately before it can spread.

How Do Plumbing Technicians Repair Burst Pipes?

The nature of the rupture suggests whether or not it’s worthwhile to repair the pipe or replace it. Our plumbing tech will inspect the rupture to determine the ideal route to take. Part of the job will be to inspect other pipes at your home. Are they, too, at risk of a rupture? Old plumbing systems that are at high risk for rupturing should be replaced. On the other hand, if the broken pipe was caused by a clog, the issue may be preventable by ensuring that no foreign items wind up in your drains.

When repairing your ruptured pipe, a plumber may solder a new pipe to the old. They may choose, instead, to replace whole sections of pipe. We bring everything needed to address your broken pipe. Every plumbing technician on our team is highly trained and experienced. We have a reputation for integrity and outstanding workmanship.

Call us if you have a plumbing problem like a ruptured pipe. Ruptured pipes constitute plumbing emergencies. Our plumbing professionals at Schroeder Plumbing can address other plumbing emergencies too such as blocked drains and leaky toilets. Simply contact us to tell us your plumbing problem and we’ll schedule a time to provide you with the prompt service we’re known for.

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