Do you have a pipe that is broken and leaking? Perhaps it froze sometime during the winter? Maybe it’s a pinhole leak in a copper pipe or a cast iron drain line that has rotted away. What causes these leaks and how might they be prevented? Different kinds of pipe leak for different reasons.
Pipes in unheated parts of your home (attics and crawlspaces) and those exposed to the outdoors, or along outside walls, can freeze under the right circumstances. When frozen, the water in your pipes will expand, pushing outward on the pipe walls until they burst. The force is enough to shatter a plastic pipe, or cause a split in a metal pipe. The damages that can result include ruined flooring and furniture, destroyed family keepsakes, and shorted electrical appliances (including the furnace).
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