Do You Have a Burst Pipe Causing a Leak?

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Burst Pipe Leak

Signs of a burst pipe leak

A burst pipe leak can turn into a serious problem if left unchecked.

A burst pipe leak is hard to detect because water tends to travel under the floor or up the walls of your house. You may not even realize a potential hazard is present until it’s too late.

Indicators that can help you determine if you have a burst pipe leak in your home:

  • The sudden appearance of water spots on walls, ceilings, and floors.
  • Sounds in the night: When water is flowing through pipes, it can make buzzing sounds which are often overlooked by homeowners.
  • Soggy carpet and drywall: A burst pipe leak will cause water to travel under the floor so that it can be absorbed by the carpet and drywall and can make your walls moist and soggy.
  • Moldy smell: A burst pipe leak may not necessarily leave any puddle of water on your floor. In fact, it can be so small that you do not notice any water leaking. In this case, your burst pipe leak may cause a moldy smell in your house and the odor is likely to become stronger.
  • Buckled floor: A burst pipe leak can undermine the linoleum or wood floor of your house and cause it to buckle.
  • Sagging ceiling: A burst pipe leak may cause the wood framing of your ceiling or the plasterboard to sag. The sagging may not be easily noticeable at first.
  • Uneven flooring: A burst pipe can shift and displace your foundation leading to uneven floors. In some extreme cases, a burst pipe leak can even cause the floor to cave in.
  • Wet basement: A burst pipe in your basement is a particularly dangerous situation as it may eventually lead to flooding, which could threaten the structural integrity of your home.

If you detect any of these problems, it is best to address the issue as soon as possible.

What are the most common causes of a burst pipe in the Chicago Metropolitan area?

Burst pipes are quite a common problem during the Chicago wintertime.

Common Causes of Burst Pipes

While freezing temperatures are a common cause, burst pipes can be caused by many different factors such as high water pressure, tree root encroachment, clogs, and corrosion.

It is important to know what causes burst pipes so that you can identify a problem in need of an immediate fix.

Freezing Pipe Lines

We regularly get an influx of burst pipe jobs during the winter months when temperatures drop below freezing. 

Water pipes that are exposed to high winds with below-freezing temperatures can easily freeze and then burst. 

The Dangers of Do-It-Yourselfers

During the non-winter months, we usually get do-it-yourselfers who drill a hole in a wall without knowing there is a water pipe behind the drywall, in effect causing a man-made pipe burst. 

About one week ago, we had a high-end closet installer drill into a wall to mount some shelving units.

The installer accidentally drilled a hole into a hot water pipe and caused a huge mess! There was water everywhere and it caused a lot of damage! 

The Rescue Team had to open the drywall to expose the piping and replace the section of punctured water pipe with a new section of pipe. 

Do Not Fear Rescue Plumbing Is Here!

Our expert plumbers have all the equipment and know-how to quickly locate and fix your home’s burst pipe.

ProPress Machine – Fast, Effective, and Healthy

One great thing about Rescue Plumbing is that every truck has a pro press machine and is fully stocked with ProPress fittings.

ProPress is new and advanced plumbing technology that eliminates the need to weld pipe or use acid to make copper joints.

The major benefit of using the pro press is a reduction in installation time and negative health consequences. No more breathing in gas fumes for the plumber or customer while using flux to make the solder run into a fitting joint.  

Welding water pipes can be harmful to one’s health. Every plumber and apprentice here at Rescue Plumbing has taken the official Viega ProPress certification course.

To the Rescue!

When you need a burst pipe leak fixed, don’t hesitate to call Rescue Plumbing.

We are the best plumbing service in Chicago and we can fix any plumbing issue that may arise at your property or business.

You can rely on us for a timely response, quality workmanship, and competitive prices!

Don’t be caught unprepared when disaster strikes – we are ready to Rescue you from your burst pipe leak. Give us a call today at (773) 799-8848!

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Frequently Asked Questions

You have questions, the Rescue Team has answers.

Cold temperature freeze water pipes. When pipes freeze, they expand and burst. Once the pipe thaws, the leak will become active.

Not always, especially if the leak is slow and behind a wall. Look for water stains and signs of mold.

The wall surrounding the leak will be cut to make the leak accessible for repair.


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