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How can a pipe burst?

There are several reasons why pipes inside a home can break open, causing flooding and water damage. One of the most common reasons is a pipe freezing and bursting in cold weather. When the water in a pipe freezes, the ice expands and can cause the pipe to burst. Other reasons for pipes breaking include physical damage from impact, corrosion, and age. If you notice water leaking from a pipe or flooding in your home, it is important to address the issue quickly to avoid further damage.

Here are the most common causes of burst pipes:

  • Water Pressure – An increase in water pressure can cause a pipe to burst because it cannot withstand stress beyond a specific level.

  • Frozen Pipes – When the water inside a pipe freezes, it expands, builds pressure, and causes the pipe to burst.

  • Corrosion – Although pipes are made to last for a long time, years of slow-building corrosion or a pH imbalance in the water over time may cause a pipe to burst.

  • Moving Pipes – If water pipes are not correctly installed, they tend to sway or slightly move around inside the walls. This gradually weakens the joints in the pipe and causes it to fail.

  • Old age – Over time, pipes can corrode and weaken, making them more susceptible to breaking open.

  • Neglect – If pipes aren’t properly maintained or are left to freeze, they are more likely to burst.

  • Clogs and Obstructions – If there is a blockage in the pipe, the pressure of the water behind the blockage can cause the pipe to burst


    Heavy Pressure  If there is too much pressure on a pipe (usually from too much water flowing through it), it can cause the pipe to burst.

If you have a busted pipe in your home, it's important to take action quickly to minimize the damage. Flooding and water damage can occur rapidly, and can cause significant damage to your property.

The good news is that CRS offers emergency water damage services, so we can help you get your home back to normal as quickly as possible. We have over 15 years of experience in the restoration industry, and we're here to help you get through this difficult time.

We offer a wide range of services, including mold inspections, mold remediation, and mold removal in Toronto, asbestos testing and asbestos removal in Toronto, and fire and smoke damage restoration. We also provide reconstruction services, so we can help you rebuild your home after a disaster.

If you're experiencing a water emergency, don't hesitate to call CRS. We're here to help.


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