In most homes, water mains are underground pipes that carry fresh water from local reservoirs or another source of clean water to your home. Water mains are essential to any home and they can cause severe and immediate damage when they burst or break.
What Can Cause A Water Main To Burst?
Water mains are generally situated underground. They are normally protected from major external stresses yet they are still vulnerable to breaking and cracks. In general, the main things that can cause a water main to burst are:
- Freezing weather conditions or extreme weather
- Digging, yard work or construction
- Corrosion of the water main pipe
- Natural disasters such as earthquakes
In general, your water main is susceptible to wear and tear over time. Aside from natural disasters and weather, there are few things that can cause your water main to crack or break. But when it happens, it is a very serious plumbing problem.
What To Do When A Water Main Bursts?
If a water main bursts on your property, it’s important to stay calm. There are several different things that you can do to minimize damage to your property while you are waiting for an emergency plumbing crew to arrive. First, call an emergency plumber. Hillcrest Plumbing & Heating offers 24/7 emergency plumbing services. Call your plumber immediately when you think your water main has burst.
- Call your plumber
- Determine where the break has occurred if possible
- Shut off your water
- Do not try to fix the leak, wait for a licensed professional
- Do not drink your tap water or use the water at home
What Happens When A Water Main Bursts?
Water will start to collect very quickly when your water main bursts. Depending on the extent of the burst pipe, the leak may be very obvious. In other cases where there is just a slight crack, it may take time to notice a leak in your water main. in both cases, water main bursts will cause flooding. There are also very few warning signs before your water ma
- Property damage
- Very few warning signs
- Not a DIY fix
- Can cause water contamination.
How To Prevent Your Water Main From Breaking
There are very few warning signs before your water main bursts, however, there are a few precautions you can take to ensure you don’t get caught off guard. General wear and tear, corrosion and seasonal changes are the primary causes of water main breakage. The best way to ensure your pipes are in shape is to get a yearly inspection done by a certified professional. At Hillcrest Plumbing & Heating, we specialize in water main repair and maintenance. A broken water main can cause flooding and property damage. We provide fast and effective repair and replacement services. It’s best to call your plumber for a yearly plumbing inspection.
Call Your Plumber
If you notice any of the warning signs or think you may have a burst water main, call your plumber immediately. Hillcrest Plumbing & Heating provides emergency plumbing services We also perform routine plumbing inspections and water main replacement. We bring over 50 years of experience to the plumbing and heating industry and our experienced team is ready and waiting to help you. We service all over Vancouver and the Lower-Mainland. Call us today!