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March 05,2022

Do Frozen Pipes Always Burst?

Many people believe that frozen pipes always burst, but this is not the case. Not all freezing pipes burst. However, when pipes freeze, the blockage of ice that forms in the pipes may increase the risk of bursting. Frozen pipes only burst when the ice that builds up inside pipes adds considerable pressure for an extended period of time. Copper piping is the most vulnerable to bursting when frozen. PVC and PEX pipes are also susceptible to freezing but do not always burst.

How Cold Does It Have to Be for Pipes to Freeze and Burst?

Typically, pipes begin to freeze when the outside temperature is at least 32 degrees Fahrenheit. But that doesnt mean your pipes will burst every time outside temperature falls to 32 degrees Fahrenheit. It will depend on whether your pipes are insulated and where theyre located. Insulated pipes that are located in warmer areas of your home may not freeze at 32 degrees Fahrenheit. However, pipes that are located along exterior walls or in spaces such as the basement and attic are more susceptible to freezing.

For a pipe to freeze and burst, outside temperatures have to fall below 20 degrees Fahrenheit for at least six consecutive hours. However, this will depend on how quickly the temperature is falling and if the faucets are open. It may take longer for a frozen pipe to burst if the water in the pipe is flowing through an open faucet.

Signs of Frozen Pipes

  • Lack of water coming out of your faucets or fixtures
  • A strong smell coming out of your drains
  • Visible frost on exposed pipes
  • Gurgling sounds
  • Bulging pipes

When you notice that your pipes are frozen, be sure to call an experienced plumber to perform frozen pipe repair.

How to Prevent Pipes from Freezing

Extremely cold weather can be tough on your pipes, which is why you should take precautionary measures to protect your pipes against cold temperatures. Preventing frozen pipes is the best strategy to avoid expensive repairs. One way to prevent pipes from freezing is to insulate exposed pipes, especially those residing in places such as basements, garages, attics, or exterior walls.

Another way to keep your pipes from freezing is to seal any cracks and openings around your piping to keep cold air out.

You can also prevent pipes from freezing by turning on faucets that are connected to exposed piping and letting them drip slightly. Keeping faucets open prevents pressure from building up, thereby slowing down the freezing process.

Are You in Need of Pipe Replacement? Call Mr. Rooter Plumbing to Help You

Perhaps your frozen pipes have burst, your pipes are corroded or theyre damaged due to soil shifting. Whatever the cause of pipe damage, its important to hire an experienced plumber to help you with pipe replacement or pipe repair. When youre in need of pipe replacement or pipe repair in your home or business, you can count on Mr. Rooter Plumbing to get the job done.

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