3 Common Causes of Burst Pipes

Burst pipes are an unpleasant experience, causing water to leak out into your yard or home and increasing your bills. Sometimes, you may only notice some reduced water pressure, but this can still indicate a leak that is slowly damaging the foundation of your home and collecting dangerous mold and mildew. When there are major problems with your plumbing system, you want to stay informed about the cause so you can work towards a solution. While you should call for plumbing repair right away, we’ve made a list of a few of the most common causes of burst water pipes.

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  • Tree Roots: This is perhaps the most surprising reason for burst pipes, but also one of the most common causes. Roots grow naturally in the direction of a source of water. A weak point in the water line or a loose connecting point may be the perfect target for tree roots, which can wrap around the pipes until they burst.
  • Corrosion: Sometimes, an older pipe may simply burst because of corrosion. Outdated materials such as steel are a common cause for this, though homes built after 1970 usually do not have to deal with this problem. If this is the case, replacement is your best option. The best way to learn about the state of your pipes is by calling for regular plumbing maintenance every year to ensure your pipes are not at risk.
  • Collapsed Pipe: Pipes may collapse due to environmental changes. Construction near your home, for example, may cause the soil to shift around to the point that the increased weight upon your pipes forces it to give in and rupture. If major construction happens near your home, you may want to inform the workers of the location of your water and sewer lines.

When you need plumbing repair in Colorado Springs, or the surrounding areas, call the friendly professionals at One Source Home Services. We know how to take care of the most common sources of burst pipes and will locate and repair problems as quickly and thoroughly as possible. We’re also available for maintenance visits when you want someone to look over your entire plumbing system and keep pipes from bursting in the future. Call us today to schedule service.

3 Things That Can Cause Your Water Heater to Burst

According to the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety, a ruptured water tank is one of the top five causes of residential water damage. These incidents cost an average of $4,444 after the deductible is paid. A ruptured water heater may not be one of your top concerns, but it is actually one of the most common types of system failure. Is your water heater at risk of bursting? Here are three things that could cause your water heater to burst.

Sediment Build Up

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Over time, minerals from hard water build up and settle in the bottom of your water heater tank. This sediment insulates the water from the burner or heating element, forcing it to work harder to heat the water. This often results in overheating that can deteriorate the tank.

If your water heater makes a knocking or popping sound, you have a sediment problem. Prevent this issue by draining and flushing your water heater tank annually.

Rust Corrosion

Conventional water heater tanks are made of steel, and steel eventually rusts. While water heaters feature a sacrificial anode rod that helps protect the system from rust, these rods eventually deteriorate. When that happens, the tank starts to rust soon after.

If your hot water has a brownish tint, the tank is likely rusting on the inside. Pay attention to the anode rod, and replace it if it becomes too worn down. Inspect the tank regularly for external rust, and look for small leaks that could indicate pinholes.

Excessive Internal Pressure

If too much pressure builds up inside your water heater, it will eventually burst. Water heaters feature a temperature and pressure relief valve, but over the years, the pressure can still wear down your tank. If the T&P valve frequently opens or starts leaking, you likely have a pressure problem. Pressure tends to build when the temperature is set too high, so make sure your water heater is only set to 120 – 125 degrees.

Water Heater Repair and Replacement in Colorado Springs

A burst water tank is a plumbing nightmare that no homeowner wants to face. Since most people don’t give their water heaters much thought, though it’s a fairly common problem. If you need water heater repairs in Colorado Springs, or a brand new water heater call One Source for help. Our Colorado Springs plumbing experts can guide you through what repairs you need, or finding a new water heater that will suite your homes’ needs best, order it, and install it. Contact us today.

How to Prepare Your Furnace for Winter

Winter is coming and it’s time to think about getting your furnace ready for winter. Sure, you haven’t thought about it much over the last few months because it has been so warm, but now it’s time to put a little bit of effort into your heater. After all, you want it to work for you all winter long. 

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  • Check your furnace filters. You probably hear this a lot, and that’s because it is important. Your furnace filter collects dust and other particles that come in through your furnace intake. Without it, all of these would go into your home. Over time, though, it gets full. This means that your furnace has to work harder than ever to pull air in so it has air to heat up. When the furnace works hard for a long time, it wears out. Change your filters every 30-90 days to preserve the life of your furnace.
  • Clean your ducts and airways. This also prevents your furnace from working harder than it needs to in order to get air to heat. Even if you just have a fraction of an inch of dust buildup in your ducts, your furnace will use more energy than it would if those were cleaned out. Do the best you can, or hire a professional to clean them out.
  • Clean the area around your furnace. The more stuff, including dust, leaves, etc., that you have around your furnace, the greater chance there is that this will end up in the air that you’re breathing. In addition, having too much stuff around your furnace can increase the chances that your furnace will start a fire.
  • Install a programmable thermostat. This helps ensure that your home is warm when you need it to be warm, but it prevents your home from remaining warm when you’re not there. You don’t have to worry about forgetting to turn the thermostat up or down anymore, because the program will take care of everything. This can save your furnace all of that extra work, making it last longer
  • If your furnace is gas, fill it up. Gas tends to be cheaper in the warmer months, so filling it up before winter hits means that you will not spend as much. It also means that you won’t have to freeze if it suddenly gets cold before you expect it to.

In addition to all of this, which you can do yourself, it’s always a good idea to have a furnace inspection and any maintenance completed before you use it very much in the fall. Call us at One Source home Services today, and we’ll find a time that’s convenient for one of our furnace experts to come to you.

During your furnace inspection, your tech will examine your furnace, test for a few things, then let you know how your furnace is doing. If anything needs to be repaired, we’ll get that on the schedule before it gets too cold. Otherwise, you’ll know that your furnace is in great shape going into the winter.

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