Since the ground rarely gets cold enough to freeze a pipe in South Carolina, most burst pipes happen when there is a freak freeze and indoor pipes collect water. This water expands when it freezes and causes the pipe to burst open. When the water thaws again, the pipe leaks.
Broken pipes are much more common in Greenville than burst ones. Many things can cause a pipe to break. Old pipes are more likely candidates, because of their age and because the materials used to construct them aren’t as durable as the materials more modern pipes are made of. But any pipe can break under the right circumstances.
Fortunately, burst pipes and broken pipes have similar symptoms. The most obvious of these is a large leak. You may notice wet marks on a ceiling or a wall, the material of a ceiling or wall may become squishy and damp, or you may find puddles near the broken pipe. Poor water pressure and extremely high water bills can also indicate a leak of some sort in your pipes.
If you notice any of these things in your home or business, it’s important to give us a call right away. It’s easy to let a problem like this slide, only to find out later that it’s a bigger deal than you had initially thought or that it got a lot worse than it originally was because you waited. We will schedule a professional plumber in Greenville SC to come look at the problem at a time that’s convenient for you, and we’ll let you know what needs to happen to get everything back in working order.
If you have a large leak, make sure you turn off your water before you call us. The easiest place to do this is at the shutoff for your water main, which is most often in your basement. If you don’t have a basement, it may be outside, in the garage, or wherever your utility closet is. In fact, if you don’t know where your main water shutoff is, go find it as soon as you’re done here.
The reason you’ll want to turn your water off is that water damage can be even more extensive than what you can see, and it is often expensive to repair. This is especially true if water is allowed to stand in your walls, ceiling, carpets, or furniture for a long time. A single burst pipe, which is easy to fix in and of itself, can cause thousands of dollars of damage if water is allowed to continue to run out of it.
If you end up with minor water damage, make sure that everything gets dried out as soon as possible. Set up fans and heaters or open your doors and windows to make sure that the areas are getting fresh air and that the air is moving around them. Use a wet/dry vac to suck as much water as possible out of any fabrics that have gotten wet, as these tend to hold moisture for a long time if you don’t force the water out of them.
Extensive water damage from a burst or broken pipe will require the services of a professional cleaning and drying company. We can refer you to some in the Greenville, SC area that will get your home back to normal as soon as possible.
Once we figure out where the pipe burst or broke, fixing it is usually a straightforward process. We will figure out where your pipes have burst or broken and what materials will provide the best solution to the problem. We will also assess the situation and determine the easiest way to access the broken part of your pipe so we can replace it with one that isn’t leaking.
Our plumbers are trained to be courteous as well as highly competent, so you won’t need to worry about anything. Once we are there, the problem with your pipe is as good as solved. We know that burst or broken pipes can ruin your day, and we want to save you as much hassle and struggle as possible. Give us a chance, and we’ll show you that we’re the best plumbers Greenville, SC has to offer!