Plumbing mishaps always seem to hit at the worst possible time, and preparing for them is very difficult to do. Often, we are left to act reactively, and even in a small state of panic, trying to wrap our minds precisely on what is happening.
Burst pipes are a common problem, and are difficult to manage and keep under control until an emergency plumber arrives. Unless you know exactly where the pipe rupture is, you usually end up entering and working blind. Although some plumbing work can be handled alone, the burst pipes should be left to the professionals. However, there are some tips you need to follow to make the repair process to be faster.
Easy hookers / Braided hose
Easy hookers or braided hose are one way of connecting basins, toilets to the main water line and are easy to use. Unfortunately, they do have an expiry date and are very susceptible to bursting over time. This is because the inner lining of most Braided hoses are made from rubber and if they are not installed correctly or replaced before expiring, they may burst. A lot of home insurance companies have become aware of this over time & for majority of them they will not cover damages caused by braided hoses unless specified otherwise.
Checking for leaks
Even the smallest leak can turn into a major leak over time if it is not detected early enough. This can result in unnecessary spending, which could be avoided if located earlier. This is why it is important to check all pipes, especially those areas that don’t have insulation and are exposed to the environment. Getting in touch with Kennedy Plumbing & Gas can also be helpful, as they can offer the right advice and give you the necessary tips to maintain your pipes.
Drain and Insulate
This is one of the most important tips for areas with severe winters such as Canberra & Surrounds. Draining and insulating copper pipes prevents the water trapped in such pipes from freezing & expanding, therefore, from breaking or bursting over time. Without proper drainage and insulation, there is a risk of a costly repair.
Check areas resistant to atmospheric agents
It is also essential to look for areas containing exposed copper pipes. Doors, windows, and fans must be checked to make sure their seals remain tight. If a seal is loose, caulking can be used to prevent the freezing of domestic pipes.
Insulation of exposed pipes
Again, it is necessary to insulate your pipes to avoid leakages. Insulating piping is the cheapest way to protect your water pipes, but it also does so much to protect your water system. It can be as easy as installing foam tubes or towels around the pipes and can help your water heater retain heat (and therefore reduce those expensive energy bills).
Always call a licenced plumber
The best way to make sure that the pipes in your house do not burst is to maintain & check them regularly. Please call Kennedy Plumbing & Gas today if you have a burst pipe in and around Canberra today.