What should you do if you have a burst or ruptured pipe in St Louis?

If your home or business has encountered a burst pipe, you will want to act fast! Despite burst pipes being a very typical plumbing emergency – they can flood and cause water damage to your home, increase your water bill, destroy your a building’s structural integrity, and even act a catalyst for mold growth. Pride Cleaning and Restoration’s certified plumbing experts will get burst pipe problems out of your way as quickly as possible. Pride offers 24/7 emergency water pipe leak repair services and can be equipped and ready no matter the time of day you call. After you contact our team, you will want to do a couple tasks prior to our arrival:

  • Shut off the main water valve by turning it clockwise.
  • Try to find the affected pipes involved or the source of where water is leaking.
  • Contact Pride, we will clean up the mess, contact a plumbing specialist to make necessary repairs, and provide recommendations to prevent further damage.

Why do frozen pipes burst?

Burst pipes can suddenly occur due to the unique characteristic that water exhibits when it freezes. A pipe bursts when water remains still in the pipes at cold temperatures, which is when the water begins to contract and expand. The expansion of water puts an enormous amount of pressure on the pipes, and can cause them to distort, bulge, and eventually burst. Burst pipes happen most often at night because that is when water becomes still in the pipe due to most homes and businesses not using water during this period. This period of stopped usage gives time for the water to freeze and change into ice, causing the expansion of the water and the bursting of the pipe.

Is a burst pipe repair an emergency?

You may be wondering – how big of an emergency is a pipe burst? Well, that depends on where the location is of the burst pipe. A burst pipe is more urgent if the pipe is inside your home/business because it could damage the floors, walls, or the structural integrity of the foundation. Mold removal may be necessary as well if the water sits long enough. If mold becomes an issue, your health and the health of family or workers are now at risk – all from a burst pipe! Whenever a burst pipe occurs inside a home or business – Call Pride Cleaning & Restoration immediately so that we can quickly take care of the problem before it gets worse.

As opposed to indoor pipe bursts, if an outdoor pipe burst occurs – it is not that urgent of an emergency unless it is supplying your home or business with water. However, Pride recommends that any pipe that is damaged and used in transporting sewage or water be taken care of as quickly as possible. The earlier the problem gets taken care of, the less likely it is to cause harm to anything or anyone.

What can you do to help prevent pipe bursts and ruptures?

Prevention is critical when it comes to burst pipes. In order to know if your home or business is properly equipped to handle the colder temperatures, we recommend having an inspection done by our team of plumbing experts. We can provide you with excellent suggestions on how to better improve insulation that can offer reinforced protection.

Even when proper insulation and maintenance is achieved, the age or durability of the pipes may still play a role in a burst pipe problem. If you do have issues with burst pipes we have crews ready to respond 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. With over 30 years experience in water mitigation, we can help you through the process. We work for you and with your insurance company. Stay warm! 

Give Pride Cleaning & Restoration a call today at (314) 450-7930 for burst pipe repair!

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