We’ve written quite a bit of information about pipes bursting and leaking and what can be done to prevent this from happening as well as what to do if it does happen. Just a few of the articles that we’ve written include…

These articles give alot of information about how pipes can burst from being exposed to freezing temperatures, which is when most people think of this happening. But did you know, that water pipes can also burst in warm weather? I bet you didn’t.

The truth is, water pipes need to be protected all year long from extreme temperatures ranging from too cold to too hot.

Can A Pipe Burst In The Summer?

Yes – pipes can burst in the summer. In fact, during the typically hottest months of July, August and September – it’s not uncommon for water main bursts to occur. The intensive heat and the higher than normal demand of water puts a strain on the system. And generally, if the pipes have not been properly maintained – certain conditions can cause them to spring a leak.

Why Do Pipes Burst In Hot Weather?

There are a few factors that contribute to this scenario:

  • Very High Temperatures – Usually, very hot temperatures for a length of time conincide with little rainfall. This makes the soil that the water pipes are in very loose which gives the pipes a chance to shift. If the pipes are deteriorating or have been compromised in any way – this shift can cause them to burst and leak.
  • Increased Demand For Water – During the summer months there are more showers taken, more recreational use of water (pools, etc.), lawns and plants are watered and of course there’s much more drinking of water to quench our thirst. All this puts a high demand on your water pipes and again, if they are rusting, aging or compromised in any way, this could then lead to a leak somewhere along the pipeline.
  • Clogged Pipes – If the weather is cold or hot, a clog can always cause a water pipe to burst and leak. Maintaining your water pipes on a regular basis by a professional plumber is the best way to save you money in the long run.

Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Pipes That Burst?

Normally, leaks in a home are covered by homeowners insurance IF it’s a sudden onset and not a problem that has gradually gotten worse. But we urge you to check with your insurance agent and homeowners policy.

Even if your insurance policy covers water damage, it’s highly unlikely that it covers ALL types of damage. The more likely scenario is that it includes a number of exceptions which makes claims for water damage a bit tricky.

Generally, homeowners insurance policies cover water damage from any of the following:

  • floods
  • sudden or accidental pipe bursts
  • sewer backup and overflow
  • storm related water damage

The kinds of things they won’t pay for are gradual water damage from any of the following:

  1. pipes that have been leaking for a long time
  2. damaged roof that has gone unrepaired
  3. seepage coming from cracks

But again, we urge you to speak with your insurance agent and/or look over your policy to identify exactly what your specific policy with and will not pay for.

If you have any questions about protecting your water pipes, call Atlantis Plumbing today at 770-505-8570. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.