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When Can Bursting a Pipe Be a Good Thing?

When you think about the words “bursting a pipe,” do they sound in any way good to you? No! Of course not!

Bursting a pipe if you’re a home or business owner must mean that you’re going to have to pay big money to bring in someone to fix this pipe that has burst.

Pipe bursting, though, is actually a process used by plumbers to replace deteriorating or undersized gas, water, or sewer pipes without causing much interference with the ground above the pipes.

Picture this, you have an older home, and you are about to do a major remodel on it. Changes are your main sewer line is not only deteriorating, but it is also going to be too small for the additions that you are putting onto your home. But the thing is, you don’t want to have to tear up your entire back yard just to get a new sewer line put in, so what do you do?

Plumbers now have the ability to replace these pipes without digging out the large trenchline that was initially dug to install the sewer line. Instead of digging up the whole trench, plumbers dig two holes, and place the new line in the first hole, and pole the line through the existing pipe to the other whole where the pipe ends.

The reason this is called pipe bursting is because as the new line is pulled through the old line, there is a head on the front of the new line that actually shatters the old pipe and pushes it into the surrounding dirt. This process only works, though, if the old pipe is made out of fracturable material such as clay, iron, concrete ABS, and PVC.

The new type of pipe that is replacing the old pipe is much sturdier and is also smoother. It is called polyethylene pipe, also called PE pipe. It is electro-fused together which gives it the smoothness and makes it one seemless line, comparatively to your old piping. The new polyethylene pipe is also more resistant to abrasion. It will also not be damaged by microbiologically induced corrosion or chemically induced corrosion.

So if you are considering having new piping put into your home or business, whether it be for your gas, water, or sewer, make sure that you hire a plumber who can give you this trenchless pipe replacement. If you don’t, you’re risking your entire lawn being destroyed by the process of retrenching.

Pipe Replacements and Upgrades – Upgrades to Pipes That Won’t Leak Or Bust

There are three stages that represent the deterioration of your pipes relative to a truly profound effect that can be had on your lifestyle. There is rusting. A rusting pipe is not only a infrastructure hazard. It is also a health hazard, and no one wants to have to taste the metallic poison and rust residue which is the result of the interior of your pipe flaking and deteriorating into the water you bathe, shower and drink.

Stages two and three begin with a treacle and culminates in serious property damage to your house or business; not to mention a three hundred and sixty degree disruption to your lifestyle or working life. Before a pipe leaks, it treacles. But you do not want it to get to the stage of a leak. Once it gets to the stage of a leak, it can just as easily compound towards the stage of a full blown burst pipe, and now we’re talking profound real estate damage and exacting expense.

The plumbing specialists who have made their indelible mark in metropolitan areas like Brisbane, The Gold Coast, Sydney and Melbourne have made their reputation coming to the rescue of homes and businesses of unfortunate people whose plumbing system has leaked or worse, burst. But they have also established their reputation by installing replacements and upgrades to make the job plumbing maintenance a more manageable one.

Most of the time, a pipe replacement has been found to do the job because established working knowledge in pipes calls for no more than newer version of the part that did the job so ably in the first place. Often, aging, rusting or general ware keeps this part functioning at the level it once did.

Pipe Replacements and Upgrades have been keeping homes and businesses at optimal functioning levels for well over half a century in both metropolitan areas and townships. Plumbing is an evolving industry, and as the industry evolves so too do the tools and products used to enhance the plumbing infrastructure of both domestic and commercial dwellings. Commercial dwellings in particular are privy to new innovations and improvements in the way pipes and pipe parts do their job, but even in the domestic sphere of operations, people are benefitting from new technologies or to put it quite simply, upgrades.

An upgrade is often necessary when it is believed by consensus industry thinking that a simple replacement won’t ensure the optimum longevity a better designed modern innovation will. Quite often, it’s just a matter of replacing an old part for a new part, or a dysfunctional part for a functional part, but other times it is in your interests to upgrade, and for a few dollars more, you’re ensuring the continued stability of your plumbing infrastructure.

Tips to Prevent Water and Mold Damage From Burst Pipes

Now that winter is upon us, it is very important to take preventive measures against frozen pipes which can cause costly water damage to your home or business. Pipes commonly at risk of freezing are those in unheated areas, such as basements, crawl spaces, attics, garages or kitchen cabinets. As water freezes, it expands and the pressure can cause the pipe to crack or burst. In addition to the damage to your plumbing system, you will also be faced with a flood in your home or business. If not properly remediated, water damage can also cause mold infestation which is a health hazard.

Below are some tips to help keep pipes from freezing in the cold winter months.

A good way to prevent pipes from freezing is by not lowering your thermostat at night; keep the temperature the same day and night in extreme cold weather. If there is a water supply line in your garage, always keep the doors closed. Open kitchen and bathroom cabinets to allow warm air to circulate around the plumbing. When weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet to prevent freezing, especially if the pipe is exposed.

If you suspect a frozen pipe, keep the faucet open. Once you locate the frozen pipe, apply heat by using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe or a hair dryer. Always make sure that that the heating pad or hair dryer does not come in contact with water. Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. As the pipe is treated and the water begins to melt, water will begin to flow through the frozen area. Always check all faucets in your home to make sure the water is running, because if it is not, you might have additional frozen pipes. If one freezes, others might also freeze.

If you are traveling during the winter months for an extended period of time, one of the first things to do is make sure your heat is set to 55 degrees. Always have a neighbor check on your house to make sure the furnace is working and the heat remains at 55 degrees because if it goes below freezing, you run the risk of a broken pipe.

If you do experience a broken pipe, you must act quickly to prevent further water damage to your home or business. The first thing you must do is shut off the water immediately. Know where the water shut off valve is located and make sure all members of the household are aware of its location and how to shut it off.

If you experience water damage from a burst pipe, contact a local reputable water damage repair company right away. They can advise you on the proper steps to take to clean up and restore your home or business. Taking care of the problem right away can prevent the need for mold remediation later.