A pipe burst is one of the most feared humidity problems for every home-owner, with no doubt, you will have to make some cuts to expose the pipe and fix the problem. Having the proper information on how to detect a pipe burst will help you reduce the impact and damage that may arise from it. A pipe burst can leave you without water supply for hours and, in the worst case, produce severe humidity in walls, ceilings, floors, or even floods.

Leaving your family with no water supply for hours or even days will surely endanger their health and affect their life directly, impacting their everyday activities, hygiene, housework, school, and work. To make sure a pipe burst is professionally handled, you should call American Loss Consultant. Having a company to back you and your family up during the repair process will definitively speed up the operation.

American Loss Consultant strongly recommends having a periodic maintenance performed by a professional. Prevention will be your ally when dealing with a possible pipe burst, it will save you from suffering setbacks and unexpected expenses.

To avoid a pipe burst, it is necessary to check the current state of your pipes and water system. By checking on the the pipes, you will perceive signals that will help you find out if you might present any inconvenient in the future related to pipe burst and the nature of the burst.

Types of pipe burst:

  1. Burst by cracks: happens when there are cracks in the pipe, cracks may become fissures and burst in different sections.
  2. Round burst: occurs when the pipe bursts in its perpendicular part.
  3. Burst by holes: take places due to corrosion, small holes appear in the pipe in different places until the pressure burst those small holes into big gaps.
  4. Complete burst: occurs when pressure increases suddenly, most of the time due to an obstruction, water can not follow its path and burst the whole pipe into pieces.

A pipe burst could endanger not only your house but every property connected to that pipe. Keep in mind that pipes are a critical component in a sewer system. They are in charge to transport water and waste out of your home. If a sewage pipe burst at home, this means that sewage waters are exposed, causing health hazards.

Pipe burst hazards

  1. Gases

One of the most serious issues with sewage pipes burst inside the house is the release of dangerous gases like methane. When this gas, that is part of every sewage water system, is released, it might lead to gas poisoning. Gas poisoning symptoms include asphyxia, throat ache and breathing problems.

  1. Harmful bacteria

Sewage pipes burst can release harmful bacteria in your home, like Escherichia coli, salmonella and intestinal worms, which cause serious problems to the digestive tract. Furthermore, you may also get infected with different types of bacteria found in sewage water like cholera, amoebiasis, jaundice or hepatitis A. These problems arise when you are direct contact with bacteria and they find their way into your body. For example, if you touch an infected surface and you have an open wound in that area, or if you touch your eyes or mouth, the bacteria can enter your body.

Symptoms to monitor

Digestive problems and bacterial infections caused by contact with sewage waters from a sewage pipe burst have a variety of symptoms. For example, watery stools, vomits, dehydration, headache, nausea, fever, shivers and jaundice are caused by cholera or amoebiasis. Escherichia coli infections caused by contact with the bacterium can cause many of the symptoms caused by other infections, but it could lead to serious and possibly even fatal renal issues.

Signs of pipe burst

  1. Call the maintenance department of your city and ask if there is an obstruction in the pipework of your city. This will help you discard the option of a possible citywide issue. The city can also send you a letter if they did a dye test recently. This test shows if you have a burst or a leak in any of your pipes.
  2. Look where the drainage pipe leaves your house and connects with the pipework of the city. If you see a puddle and it has not rained in a while, it is probable that you have a sewage pipe burst.
  3. Walk around your yard in the surroundings where the pipe leaves your house and connects with the pipework of the city. If you see some soft spots and it have not rained in several days, this is another sign of that there is a burst in your pipes.
  4. Smell the air in your yard. If you feel a sewer-like smell, that is a signal that your sewage pipes burst.
  5. Look for rats or ratholes in your yard. You can distinguish a rathole from other holes paying attention to its construction. A hole that looks smooth means that you have rats, but to be sure, fill it. If it keeps showing up it means you have a rathole. Rats live in the sewers and feed on the food that gets stuck on the drainage tube. They can come through the sewage pipes and enter your toilet, that is why it is important not to throw grease into the sewer pipe nor use the garbage disposer too often. To drive away the rats from your sewage pipes clean the sink of your kitchen once or twice per month


Signs of an obstructed pipe

Pipes become obstructed before they burst, check your pipes constantly and keep them clean. Clean pipes in your house will lower the risk of a pipe burst and will keep your family safe and healthy. To look for possible obstructed pipes, consider carefully conducting the following steps:

  1. Flush the toilet. Watch the water level while the bowl fills. If the water in the tank does not fill to its original point, you might have a pipe obstruction.
  2. Check your house drains. If the water is not being drained outside your house, or if it returns through your showerhead or the bathtub drainage, your house might have an obstructed sewage pipe.
  3. Listen to the pipes while the water drains. Gurgle noises or in another drainage or bubbles coming up through the toilet are signs that the sewage pipes might be obstructed.
  4. Look outside where the sewage pipe goes through. If you have too many trees or bushes, the roots of your trees might go through the smallest gaps or where the sewage pipe lines join, causing your sewage pipe to be obstructed with the tree roots.

Tip from American Loss Consultant:

Call your neighbor to see if he has drainage issues. If so, then it is possible that issue is within your city pipework and not yours. You can find the location of the sewage pipes by going to your basement and looking for a big pipe that goes through the wall and leaves your house. The city maintenance department can help you find the place where your sewage pipe drains to the sewer pipe of your city.

If you suspect your pipes may be obstructed or burst, call American Loss Consultant, our team will gladly assist you to make your home a safest place for you and your family.

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