Nothing catches a homeowner by surprise quite like a pipe burst. It can happen when you least expect it and for many different reasons. When a pipe bursts, it not only affects the pipe system in your home but also releases water throughout the area. You’ll have to pay for pipe repairs, including additional costs for cleaning up the water and protecting against water damage.
Why Do Water Pipes Burst?
If you ask various water removal specialists, you’ll get the same answer: Sometimes pipes just burst. Of course, there’s always an underlying cause, many of which you can’t prevent, such as deterioration due to age. Pipes may also burst for other reasons, including:
- Freezing temperatures
- Overuse or misuse
- Water pressure
- Unseen damage
Water pressure is one of the most common causes of pipe bursts in both residential and commercial buildings. It happens when a clog builds up water pressure over time until the pipe can no longer expand. The result is a burst that may release up to 400 liters or more of water. Even the smallest hole in a pipe can send gallons of water onto the floors. In the case of a two-story home, the water can seep into the ceilings and cause further damage below.
Types of Water Damage
Water restoration experts assign categories and classes to water damage, it’s a way to assess the damage and its impact on both the house and the people inside.
- Category 1 Water: Refers to clean water that overflows from a sink or leaks from an appliance. It poses no threat to humans or animals.
- Category 2 Water: Also known also as grey water, refers to contaminated water that may cause illness. It can occur when water from a broken toilet or a sump pump leaks into the home.
- Category 3 Water: Also called black water and contains bacteria and other harmful organisms. This water normally comes from sewage leaks.
It’s also important to know the class of damage when assessing your repair options:
- Class 1 Damage: The easiest type to repair as the water barely seeps into building materials.
- Class 2 Damage: A bit more difficult to repair as the water soaks into carpets, cushions and upholstery.
- Class 3 Damage: Has a fast evaporation rate, causing the water to soak into the walls and the furniture.
- Class 4 Damage: Requires specialized restoration procedures as the water may effect hardwood floors, concrete and other building materials.
Get Professional Loss Recovery Services for Pipe Leaks
Insurance companies don’t always offer a fair settlement when homeowners file a claim. Republic Claims Associates specializes in loss recovery services and can help you get the maximum settlement from your insurance company. We offer our services in 47 states and never charge an upfront cost. We’ll review your claim offer and provide our expertise on getting the maximum recovery available to handle your water damage repairs.