Professional Edmonton Burst Pipe Repair Services
As a homeowner, one of your worst fears is likely a busted water pipe—and for good reason. A burst pipe can put your home at risk of incurring major water damage that costs a fortune to clean up and repair. In the event that the worst happens, you need instant access to burst pipe repair service provided by a professional Edmonton plumber.
Over the years, our licensed plumbing experts have dealt with their fair share of burst pipe repairs. Trust our experienced team to get your lines repaired quickly, properly and non-invasively. To book your burst pipe repair service, give us a call at (780) 429-3600 today.
Our Edmonton Burst Pipe Repair Service
Your burst pipe repair service begins the moment you pick up the phone and give us a call. Your call will be picked up by one of our office team members who have the knowledge and expertise to provide you with guidance on the situation you’re experiencing. They’ll let you know the soonest a plumber can be dispatched to your property to take a look.
We don’t generally provide pricing estimates on the phone, but we’ll do you one better—once we’ve taken a look at the damage at your home, we’ll provide you with upfront pricing for the burst pipe repair. Should you decide to go ahead with the service, you’ll find that the price we quote you is the cost that will be on your final invoice. Sometimes we find further damage during the repair process. If we do, we’ll let you know immediately and provide you with pricing for this additional problem to ensure we’re always on the same page and you aren’t charged above your expectations.
As long as you’ve already interrupted the water flow by turning off the water shutoff valve, our burst pipe service typically begins with determining the location of the burst line. If you know where it is, simply lead us to it. On the other hand, if you suspect you have a burst pipe but need confirmation, we’ll use a process of elimination to find its location. For lines that are not in a visible area of your home, we may insert a live video camera down your line to look for visual evidence of a burst line.
Once the burst pipe has been discovered, we’ll recommend one or more Edmonton burst pipe repair methods. These recommendations are based on the extent of the issue, as well as the location of the burst line.
Burst Pipe Repair Methods
There are a few different Edmonton burst pipe repair methods that our expert plumbers may recommend for your home. These include:
- Pipe lining and bursting: If your underground water line bursts, we’ll need to replace the entire thing. We usually suggest getting a sewer inspection at this time as well, as although these two methods are trenchless, they still require digging a hole, as seen in the image below. It’s more cost-effective for our customers to get both sewer and water line replacements done at the same time if needed. To do this, we’ll use a directional drill to either pull a flexible sleeve into the existing pipe, or we’ll use hydraulics to pull a new one through the old one while breaking up the old pipe as we go.
- Pipe replacement: Broken pipes inside of your home can typically be repaired rather than replaced. Our repair methods will vary depending on the material your pipes are made from. If your line is made of copper, we often use the ProPress technique to attach a new segment of copper pipe to the existing pipe. Lines made out of PEX or Poly-B can be repaired using a connector called a ‘crimp.’ Other line materials may need total replacement services such as the sewer line replacement service being completed in the image below.
The Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Edmonton Difference
Whether you live in Edmonton or in one of the surrounding communities of Sherwood Park and St. Albert, Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Edmonton is the right team for your home or business. When it comes to your plumbing system, the stakes are high. And improperly done installation, repair or inspection can lead to higher utility bills or worse, a plumbing emergency. It is therefore important that you choose experienced plumbers that you know you can trust.
Our licensed plumbers are fully insured and have years of experience under their belts. They’re passionate about their work, enjoy providing exceptional customer service and will do everything in their power to provide you with the most cost-effective, reliable Edmonton burst pipe repair services. By offering upfront pricing and a workmanship and parts guarantee, you can rest assured that your investment in our plumbing services won’t be wasted.
Edmonton Burst Pipe Repair FAQs
What Should I Do If My Pipes Burst?
If your pipes burst, the first thing you should do is cut off your water supply by turning off your water shutoff valve. This valve is likely located near your hot water tank in your utility room. We strongly recommend making sure you know where your home’s valve is located before a plumbing emergency occurs, as you don’t want to be running around looking for it while water floods your home.
Once you’ve turned off your water shutoff valve, drain your supply lines by turning on all of your taps until no more water comes out. Then, dial 780-429-3600 to get in touch with our plumbing team and arrange a time for us to come out. While you wait for our arrival, thoroughly mop up any liquid that has infiltrated your home through the burst pipe.
How Can I Temporarily Fix A Leak Before My Edmonton Burst Pipe Repair Service?
If you can’t get a plumber in right away for one reason or another, there are a few things you can do to temporarily repair the pipe. However, this will only work for very small areas of damage. A pipe that has burst in multiple places needs immediate attention from a plumbing professional.
To quickly block a leak on a pipe in your home before the Mr. Rooter Plumbing team shows up, keep a couple of products on hand:
- Self-fusing silicone tape
- Epoxy putty
Keep in mind these fixes won’t last long and only work on low-pressure lines. You’ll still need to call a plumber to properly repair your lines.
What Are The Causes Of A Burst Pipe In Edmonton?
There are multiple causes of a burst pipe in Edmonton, the most common of which is frozen pipes. Older pipes are more susceptible to bursting, as they can develop weak spots that fail when water pressure builds. Traditionally, these lines were made out of either galvanized steel or copper. Since around 1980, homes in Edmonton have primarily been built using PEX (a type of plastic) lines. PEX is much more resistant to temperature fluctuations and will not corrode.
Other possible causes of a burst pipe in Edmonton include:
- Tree root intrusion
- Natural aging
- Rust and corrosion
- Water pressure that is too high
To prevent avoid Edmonton burst pipe repair service in the future, we’ll identify the cause and make recommendations for changes you can make.
Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Burst Pipe Repair In Edmonton?
A burst, leaky pipe and the thousands of dollars worth of repairs that can come with them may be covered by your insurance company—but don’t bet on it. It’s a good idea to pull up your insurance policy and take the time to read the fine print. If water damage caused by a burst pipe is covered, chances are it’s only covered under certain circumstances.
Pipes that burst due to an improperly insulated garage may not be covered, nor will any damage arising from a lack of maintenance. This is especially true if these lines are visible (underground pipes have a higher chance of being covered since they can’t be seen). The more ‘accidental’ and ‘sudden’ the burst pipe is, the more likely it is that your insurance policy will cover some of the damage.
How Can I Tell If I Have A Burst Pipe?
Many homeowners can instantly tell when something is wrong with their plumbing system, but knowing the cause of their issues right off the bat is easier said than done. Oftentimes, we receive calls from customers who describe the symptoms of the issue they’re having. It’s our job to determine the cause.
Some signs that indicate you may be dealing with a burst pipe include:
- Inconsistent water pressure
- Discoloured water with a strange smell
- Higher utility bills
- Evidence of water leaks, such as wet spots and dark stains on your ceiling and walls
If you notice any of the above issues, call us right away.
How Can I Avoid Needing Burst Pipe Repair In Edmonton?
Taking preventative measures can significantly reduce your chances of needing burst pipe repair service. As discussed above, the primary cause of burst pipes is freezing. When the liquid in your pipes freezes, the pressure inside the pipe increases significantly, causing it to burst. The key is therefore ensuring that your pipes stay warm. There are a few ways to do this:
- Get your water lines insulated
- Run space heaters in rooms without heating, such as garages
- Set your thermostat a couple of degrees higher
- Keep a trickle of water running through your faucet during cold weather
Another strategy for avoiding burst pipe repairs is to invest in our preventative maintenance services. If you live in a home built before the 1980s, keeping an eye on your plumbing infrastructure through video camera inspections is a good idea, as this will allow us to catch problems before they end up costing you an arm and a leg.
How Long Does Burst Pipe Repair Service Take?
The length of your burst pipe repair service appointment will vary depending on the location of the burst pipe, as well as the extent of the issue. We understand that having your water turned off can be a huge inconvenience, so we’ll do our best to get the repair done as quickly as possible.
To find out exactly how long we expect your service to take, contact us by phone to explain your project specifications.
Can A Pipe Burst If My Water Is Shut Off?
A pipe can definitely still burst if your water is shut off. Standing liquid is much more likely to freeze than flowing liquid, which is why it’s important to empty out your lines as best as you can. Additionally, a water shutoff valve only prevents water from entering your home. The liquid in your main supply line located underneath your property may still freeze.
How Much Water Damage Is Too Much?
In our opinion, any water damage is too much. However, if you’re asking in terms of repair costs, we’d say that any water damage that causes structural damage is especially of concern. When water infiltrates the wooden structure of your home, such as your wall and floor joists, these components can develop wood rot. Once wood rot begins, they’ll need to be replaced. This will involve ripping out your walls, ceilings or floors. Reinstalling these will cost a pretty penny.
The moment you notice wetness where it shouldn’t be, mop it up, crank up the heat and run some fans. This will increase your chances of drying out the area before wood rot sets in. Of course, don’t forget to investigate the underlying source of that moisture, so that you can stop it from coming back.
Get Mr. Rooter Plumbing Out To Your Property For Edmonton Burst Pipe Repair Today!
If you think you may need burst pipe repairs in Edmonton, don’t delay in getting in touch. By contacting our team at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Edmonton sooner rather than later, you can reduce your chances of incurring significant damage-related costs.
To book your appointment, give our customer service team a call at (780) 429-3600. For non-urgent requests and queries, you can also fill out our online job estimate request form and one of our representatives will get in touch as soon as they can.