Burst pipes are a leading plumbing problem, especially in winter. They can cause devastating damage in a short time span, and understanding the basics of burst pipes can prevent plumbing problems in the future. The following is a guide with key information regarding them. 

What To Know About Burst Pipes

What damage can a burst pipe cause?

Severely burst pipes release a high volume of water quickly. It can flood your home, causing water damage to furniture, walls, flooring, electrical components, and the house's structure itself. Appliances and possessions like books and photo albums may be ruined, too. If the moisture isn't handled by a professional, your worries may extend beyond plumbing problems, as mold growth and odors can become persistent.

Does high pressure lead to burst pipes?

There are several causes of burst pipes. For cases like frozen or clogged pipes causing an eruption, high pressure inside the plumbing is what causes the bursting. The ice or clog narrows the opening inside the pipe, but the same volume of water still attempts to move through it. Pressure builds inside the pipe until it ruptures at a weak point, such as where two pipes join. Other causes of rupture, such as rust or tree root damage, are caused by a portion of the pipe being weakened to the point where it can't contain the water.

How can a plumber fix the issue?

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A plumber will identify the cause of the rupture. They'll examine the affected and surrounding pipes, such as with a camera inspection, to identify if existing damage, a clog, or freezing was the cause. 

Any damaged or corroded piping will be replaced, and they may assess the condition of your whole system if age was a contributing factor, providing recommendations for repair or replacement if needed. They may also be able to connect you with local flood remediation services to restore your home.

How can I prevent burst pipes in the future?

Request plumbing repairs if you notice decreased water pressure, slow draining or flushing, a foul smell in your bathroom or yard, or unexplained puddling and grass growth outside. They can also inspect your plumbing annually to identify budding problems.

You can also take preventive steps. During freezing temperatures, leave a faucet dripping, install heat tape on exposed pipes, and keep your house warm. Never flush anything besides septic-safe toilet paper, and don't pour grease, coffee grounds, or oils down your drains, as they create clogs.


If you have a burst pipe or other plumbing problem, contact American Rooter Sewer & Septic in Albany, OR. They're fully licensed and offer 24/7 emergency service. They serve homeowners in Linn and Benton counties with issues ranging from burst pipes and frozen plumbing to leaks and installation. Browse all services on their website and call (541) 926-1185 for a quote or assistance.