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What Causes a Plumbing Pipe to Burst

What Causes a Plumbing Pipe to Burst

When you can get ahead of any issues with your pipes, you might end up saving a lot of time, money, and stress in the long run.

Everyone has pipes in their plumbing to ensure everything works properly and efficiently. However, any issue with your pipes can cause significant damage and hazardous situations when left untreated. In fact, it is vital to not let your pipes get repaired as soon as an issue arises. Ultimately, there is nothing worse than having to deal with a burst pipe. But, it’s important  to know why they burst in the first place. When you can get ahead of any issues with your pipes, you might end up saving a lot of time, money, and stress in the long run. Here is a helpful guide to help you better understand what exactly causes your pipes to burst and how to prevent them from doing so. 

Pipes Will Always Have A Shelf-Life

Unfortunately, your pipes can only last so long when not properly maintained. In fact, high water pressure will undoubtedly lead to a burst pipe. The reality is, water ends up flowing through your pipework at different speeds and pressures. That being said, the constant or sudden change in the water pressure can significantly impact how water flows and how the pipes handle that water pressure. Ultimately, your home’s water pressure should never exceed 50 kpa — otherwise you are likely to see a burst pipe in your home.

Having Blocked Pipes

As you can imagine, having a blockage in your pipes can leave them waiting to just burst. In fact, any blockage in your plumbing will ultimately lead to a lot of strain on your overall plumbing. The realty is, if you have a build-up of hair or food or other elements, you could end up putting your plumbing to work — leading a burst pipe. All that pressure is no good for an effective and efficient plumbing system. 

Bottom Line

Having your pipes burst is really no fun. But, you can take measures to properly maintain your pipes so they don’t lead to bursting. In fact, just by knowing exactly why your pipes burst you can help prevent them from doing so in the first place.


Alpha Plumbing is a full-service plumbing and contracting company serving the Baltimore and Annapolis metro area with expertise in all aspects of plumbing. We’re family-owned and operated since 1991 from our office in Pasadena. We offer quality plumbing services at reasonable rates in a timely fashion. Our trucks are equipped with GPS systems to ensure we’re prompt and on time. No job is too large or too small! We maintain a fleet of well-stocked trucks and also own and operate our own backhoes for jobs requiring excavation.

For more information and to get a free no-obligation estimate, you can contact us on our website, send us an e-mail, or give us a call at (410) 255-5998.

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