High Water Accounts!
Why is my water account so heart “palpitatingly” high?
You open the envelope with trepidation and fear. Your palms are sweaty and you have heart palpitations …A letter informing you of a dying relative or national disaster?
No….you guessed it – It’s your water bill! In this, part two of our series on leaks and drips, we take a look at the dreaded ‘burst’ water pipe and how it can possibly be avoided.
Burst water pipes in your house can be disastrous and result in the potential loss of huge volumes of water …as much as The 400 litres or 2 full baths an hour!
What causes my water pipes to burst?
Here are 5 things that cause water pipes to burst. Check them out to see where you can possibly prevent it happening to you:
- Climate: Cold Highveld winter nights and warm winter days can cause expansion and contraction …and ‘Pop’ goes the pipe!
- Age: Time seems to have an effect on all our joints! …and pipes are no different. Aging creates general ‘wear and tear.’
- Pressure: If the water pressure from the municipal line into your home is too high and not regulated with a pressure reducing valve … then as the movie title says, ‘something’s gotta give!’ Any fault or wear and tear can crack the pipe.
- Roots: If your water (or sewerage line) is laid close to water hungry trees, their roots will find the pipes and enter it. At first you’re just having blocked pipes cleared, but eventually they will crack.
- DIY: As Plumbers we’ve heard all the stories, “I was just fixing … and the next thing there was water spurting out of the wall! It just came from nowhere.” Find out where you pipes are to prevent this from happening!
How do I identify a burst pipe?
It is not just the cost of the repair of the pipe, or even the loss of the water whilst a burst pipe is being fixed, but the sheer amount and cost of the damage the water can do. Identifying that a pipe has been burst so you can immediately call your friendly Plumber is imperative. Look out for the following:
- Gushing water: Water pouring through the ceiling or creating an unwanted fountain in your garden may be aesthetically pleasing, but it is your biggest clue that a pipe has burst.
- Damp Patches: Not every burst pipe is so obvious. Look for damp patches on walls, ceilings and floors.
- Reduced Pressure: A sudden loss of water pressure, unusual noises in the system and even electrical faults all can point to burst pipes.
- Hefty water account: …a ludicrous water account usually means there’s a big fault of some sort…and could also bring on those heart palpitations we spoke about!
So now that you have identified a burst pipe in your property, what steps must you take to minimise the water wastage and damage.
Our next blog will provide you with great practical steps of what to do. We will also advise you on helpful tips to minimise the chances of a burst pipe happening in the first place.