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I am a Realtor representing the interests of an out of state client.  I had been working with American Mechanical (AM) a few weeks to correct a home inspectors piping deficiency item related to a rec... More ent water heater installation done by AM.  All parties had been very pleasant and professional on the phone but not as responsive in meeting requests.  As time was running out before closing on the property, Chuck was sent to meet me at the home to work up an estimate to modify piping to clear the inspectors deficiency.  Chuck listened to my review of the situation, he climbed into the attic to check the heater and proceeded to his truck returning with tools and materials and about 30 minutes later asked me to check the piping modification.  He completed insulating the new pipes, helped me photograph the finished job and bid me a friendly farewell.  Chuck’s responsiveness, professionalism, and pleasant demeanor made up for my earlier frustration in communicating with the company.  Our mutual client’s needs were met and I would recommend the company and Chuck in particular for any future mechanical/plumbing needs.  Jim Jones, Long & Foster Realtors"

-Jim J.

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Burst pipes are an emergency situation. If you have a burst pipe, immediately turn off the main water shut-off valve located outside your home. Then, contact us for repairs. We conveniently serve Virginia Beach and the Hampton Roads area.

ThinkstockPhotos-99453876 resizeAvoid a flooded home with immediate burst pipe repair. Call 757-644-3685757-644-3685 for service. Click here for our latest specials and discounts!

Burst pipes are an emergency situation. If you have a burst pipe, immediately turn off the main water shut-off valve located outside your home. Then, contact us for repairs. We conveniently serve Virginia Beach and the Hampton Roads area.

How Did That Pipe Burst?

The most common cause of burst pipes is freezing. Water expands as it freezes, so frozen water will exert more and more pressure on the pipes. The pipes are then likely to give way, especially in prolonged or severe cold.

In addition, frozen pipes are blocked with ice, halting the water flow. When the ice finally melts, the pipes will leak at the break.

Another factor involved in burst pipes is the age and condition of your pipes. A leaky fitting can wear out over time and suddenly break apart, letting out a strong stream of water. Since water is under pressure inside the pipes, cracks in any damaged or worn area will widen from the force of the water.

Is There a Way to Avoid Burst Pipes?

Insulating your pipes will go a long way toward preventing unexpected pipe bursts. The most common area for water to freeze is where the pipes come out of the ground and move into the house. We suggest wrapping pipes that run along the outer walls of your home.

Feel for drafts wherever you can access pipes in the house. Pipes under sinks are likely to freeze at the bend, where ice can collect until it blocks the flow completely. It’s also a good idea to insulate these pipes under your sinks.

In emergency situations, put space heaters near pipes in vulnerable areas. In older homes, where pipes can easily freeze, turn on your hot water faucet very lightly at night. You want a small trickle to run through the pipes when temperatures drop to their lowest. This prevents ice from forming.

Note: While you can thaw pipes that have frozen, this is not usually recommended. Frozen pipes are vulnerable; the rapid expanding and contracting on your pipes can cause them to suddenly break if the thawing occurs too quickly, or if it is not handled correctly. For safer results, contact your technician to help thaw your pipes.

How Did That Pipe Burst?

The most common cause of burst pipes is freezing. Water expands as it freezes, so frozen water will exert more and more pressure on the pipes. The pipes are then likely to give way, especially in prolonged or severe cold.

In addition, frozen pipes are blocked with ice, halting the water flow. When the ice finally melts, the pipes will leak at the break.

Another factor involved in burst pipes is the age and condition of your pipes. A leaky fitting can wear out over time and suddenly break apart, letting out a strong stream of water. Since water is under pressure inside the pipes, cracks in any damaged or worn area will widen from the force of the water.

Is There a Way to Avoid Burst Pipes?

Insulating your pipes will go a long way toward preventing unexpected pipe bursts. The most common area for water to freeze is where the pipes come out of the ground and move into the house. We suggest wrapping pipes that run along the outer walls of your home.

Feel for drafts wherever you can access pipes in the house. Pipes under sinks are likely to freeze at the bend, where ice can collect until it blocks the flow completely. It’s also a good idea to insulate these pipes under your sinks.

In emergency situations, put space heaters near pipes in vulnerable areas. In older homes, where pipes can easily freeze, turn on your hot water faucet very lightly at night. You want a small trickle to run through the pipes when temperatures drop to their lowest. This prevents ice from forming.

Note: While you can thaw pipes that have frozen, this is not usually recommended. Frozen pipes are vulnerable; the rapid expanding and contracting on your pipes can cause them to suddenly break if the thawing occurs too quickly, or if it is not handled correctly. For safer results, contact your technician to help thaw your pipes.

What’s the Repair Process?

When tending to your burst pipe, our technicians will identify and isolate the break. We will then replace the pipe or fitting with a new one, as well as properly seal every joint.

The repair process does not stop with just the repair. We will test the water flow to make sure your pipes are working properly again, and that the solution will stand for the long term.

Have your water supply system checked regularly. Call your technician to fix persistent leaks. Timely maintenance is key to preventing unexpected problems.

Some pipes are inside your walls, so the leak may not be discovered immediately. A burst pipe can result in a flood of water crashing through the ceiling or pouring across a broken bathroom floor. Call for help at 757-644-3685757-644-3685!

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