What Are Common Reasons that Pipes Burst?

What Are Common Reasons that Pipes Burst?

A burst pipe is an emergency that can cause serious water damage. When a pipe bursts, you'll want to shut off the main water supply valve and then call in an emergency plumber who can fix the problem as quickly as possible. It's helpful to be familiar with common reasons that pipes burst so that you can minimize the risk of this problem occurring. Here are six common causes of burst pipes.


After many years of use, steel pipes are liable to start corroding. When pipes become corroded, they can become increasingly narrow until they actually open up. If you have copper or plastic pipes, this won't be a concern.

Buildup of Hard Water

Hard water is water that is particularly high in mineral content. When hard water accumulates in pipes, it can increase the chances of cracks or clogs leading to a pipe bursting. By investing in a water softening system, this will be less of a concern.

High Water Pressure

It's generally best if water pressure doesn't get above 60 psi. With higher water pressure, there is a greater risk that a burst will occur.


Serious clogs can cause pressure to build up to the point a pipe bursts. If you're aware of something going down your pipes that could cause a major clog, then you'll want to have a plumber take the necessary steps to prevent the pipe from bursting.

Freezing Temperatures

While freezing weather isn't typically a concern in the Tampa area, this is a one of the top causes of burst pipes throughout the country. Usually, temperatures will have to drop into the low 20s before there is a high risk of pipes bursting.

Tree Roots

Roots from large trees sometimes come into contact with pipes and eventually cause them to crack. If you're planning on planting any trees on your property, you'll want to make sure you select a location where the roots won't potentially damage any water pipes.

If you need an emergency plumber to repair a burst pipe, be sure to get in touch with a reputable company. For burst pipe repair in Tampa, Temple Terrace, Palm Harbor, Brandon, and Oldsmar, FL, contact the experts at The Clean Plumbers at (813) 993-4867. The Clean Plumbers can help with any of your residential or commercial plumbing needs. For 24/7 emergency plumbing in Tampa, don't hesitate to call The Clean Plumbers!

The Clean Plumbers Blog
Posted: March 4, 2021

Written and Published By MORBiZ

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