As water freezes, it expands about 10 percent in volume. That pressure can cause a rupture.
Pipes don’t freeze, but the water inside them may. When temperatures plummet, the water expands as it turns into ice and could exert enough pressure to rupture a pipe wall or break apart a pipe joint. Such leaks, if undetected right away, can cause significant damage to floors, carpeting, drywall, and fiberglass insulation.
Burst copper pipes used to supply water to plumbing fixtures or to circulate water to baseboard radiators are common sources of major leaks. Pipes may also burst for reasons other than freezing, such as when a carpenter accidentally drives a nail through one, but freezing is the most common cause of pipe leakage. When leaking or burst pipes strike, RCS is the company to call to dry out, clean up, and restore your living space.
RCS is Greater Westmoreland County's leading water damage repair and restoration company. We have the expertise and equipment to handle a variety of water-related disasters, including burst pipes and clogged drain overflow. Contact us today to schedule an estimate for water damage restoration in Pittsburgh, Monroeville, New Kensington and nearby.
There is a very distinctive sound to pipes freezing. It can best be described as a bang or clang. The sound is caused by water suddenly expanding into ice at the moment it freezes. It may not be accompanied by the sound of running water because, for a time, the ice will prevent leakage from occurring. When this happens:
If the ice in the pipe has thawed and water is flowing into your home:
After the burst pipe leak has been stopped and repaired, rely upon RCS to handle your
water damage restoration needs. We clean up the mess and take steps to avoid mold problems. Depending on where the pipe leak occurred and what materials got wet, procedures may be required to avoid a mold infestation. RCS has heavy-duty drying and dehumidifying equipment to quickly dry out wet materials. This fast drying action can often prevent mold from forming. In other cases, items like carpeting may need to be removed to facilitate drying and cleaning the space.
RCS is your frozen and burst pipe restoration company. We also offer services to help with cleanup due to a sink overflow or clogged drain. We will help you prevent future frozen pipe leaks by assessing what caused the pipe to burst in the first place, upgrading insulation around it, or relocating it to a less vulnerable place when possible. Call or email us today for an estimate in Pittsburgh, Greensburg, Butler, Oakmont, Murrysville, & Monroeville and surrounding areas in Pennsylvania.