Plumbing Failure

Plumbing Failure Public Adjusting

Plumbing failure is one of the most common types of property damage claims we see. With burst pipes, homeowners can expect water damages that will vary from a simple clean up and drying to structural restoration. Read below to learn about the two most common causes of burst pipes and ways to prevent them in the future.

Material Failure

The first reason you may experience a burst pipe is because of material failure. Homes with older pipes, and especially galvanized piping are most susceptible to burst pipes. If there is a sudden build up of pressure, these pipes can easily crack and cause a world of problems. One way to reduce your chances of having a burst pipe due to material failure is to limit use of chemical drain cleaners that can sit in your pipes and erode the materials more quickly. Another tip is to not use pressurized air to remove a clog in your drains. Because the air has no where to escape, it can easily blow a hole in the piping and cause even more problems.


Living in the North, we can experience some very cold winters. When the temperatures really drop, and hit single digits, pipes that are not properly insulated can become so cold that the water inside can freeze. This is a problem because water expands when in freezes and can cause a crack in the pipe. In order to prevent a frozen pipe, continue to run a small amount of water through your faucet when it is extremely cold out.

Contact Us

If you experience a burst pipe from either material failure or because it is frozen, contact Soundview Public Adjusting for your property damage claims. We have already helped residents from Long Island in the Suffolk and Nassau County to West Connecticut in Westchester and Fairfield County. We can review the damages and even complete the necessary documentation needed by the insurance companies.