A broken water pipe is a plumbing emergency that can cause significant damage to your property and disrupt your day-to-day activities. It’s essential to know how to identify a broken water pipe, the causes and dangers of a broken water pipe, and the steps to take when you have one. Our team at John’s Plumbing and Drain has years of experience in handling all types of plumbing emergencies, and we’re here to help. In this article, we’ll share some tips on what to do if you experience a broken water pipe and how John’s Plumbing and Drain can assist.

How to identify a broken water pipe

A broken water pipe can be caused by many factors, such as aging, corrosion, freezing temperatures, tree root invasion, and accidental damage. However, it’s not always easy to detect a broken water pipe, especially if the pipe is hidden behind walls, underground, or in the slab foundation. Here are some signs that can help you identify a broken water pipe:

  1. Low water pressure or no water at all
  2. Discolored water or strange odor
  3. Wet spots or puddles on the floor or yard
  4. Unusual sounds like hissing or banging
  5. Increased water bills

If you notice any of these signs, it’s crucial to act fast and call a professional plumber to inspect your plumbing system.

Causes of a broken water pipe

A broken water pipe can result from various causes, and some are preventable, while others are beyond your control. Here are some common causes of a broken water pipe:

  1. Aging pipes – Pipes, especially those made of galvanized steel or cast iron, can wear out over time, leading to cracks, leaks, and eventual failure.
  2. Corrosion – Corrosion is the natural process of metal deterioration due to exposure to water, chemicals, and other elements. Corrosion weakens the pipe walls, making them susceptible to breakage.
  3. Freezing temperatures – When water freezes inside the pipes, it expands, causing pressure and potential cracks and breaks.
  4. Tree root invasion – Tree roots can grow into pipes, causing blockages, cracks, and breaks.
  5. Accidental damage – Accidents like digging, drilling, or heavy equipment use can damage pipes.

Knowing the causes can help you take preventive measures to avoid a broken water pipe.

Dangers of a broken water pipe

A broken water pipe can pose many dangers to your property and health. Here are some potential hazards of a broken water pipe:

  1. Water damage – Water can flood your home, causing damage to walls, floors, ceilings, furniture, and valuables. Water damage can also promote mold growth, which can lead to respiratory problems.
  2. Structural damage – Water can weaken the structural integrity of your home, causing cracks, foundation damage, and even collapse.
  3. Electrical hazards – Water can come into contact with electrical wiring and appliances, leading to electrocution and fire.
  4. Health risks – Water contamination can cause health risks like bacterial infections, gastrointestinal illnesses, and skin irritations.

It’s essential to address a broken water pipe immediately to prevent these dangers.

Steps to take when you have a broken water pipe

If you experience a broken water pipe, here are some steps you can take to minimize the damage and ensure your safety:

  1. Shut off the water supply – The first thing to do is turn off the main water supply valve to stop the water flow and prevent further damage.
  2. Turn off the power – If the broken pipe is near electrical appliances or wiring, turn off the power supply to avoid electrical hazards.
  3. Drain the water – Open all faucets and flush the toilets to drain the remaining water from the plumbing system.
  4. Call a professional plumber – Contact a licensed and experienced plumber like John’s Plumbing and Drain to assess the damage and provide fast and effective solutions.
  5. Document the damage – Take photos or videos of the damage for insurance purposes.

DIY solutions for fixing a broken water pipe

While it’s always best to call a professional plumber to fix a broken water pipe, there are some temporary DIY solutions you can try before the plumber arrives:

  1. Use a pipe clamp – A pipe clamp can temporarily seal the broken pipe and prevent water leaks.
  2. Apply epoxy resin – Epoxy resin can be used to seal small cracks or holes in the pipe.
  3. Use a rubber patch – A rubber patch can be used to cover the damaged area and prevent water leaks.

However, these solutions are temporary and may not provide a long-term fix. It’s best to call a professional plumber for a permanent solution.

Reasons to hire a professional plumber for a broken water pipe

Hiring a professional plumber like John’s Plumbing and Drain for a broken water pipe has many advantages, including:

  1. Experience and expertise – Our team has years of experience in handling all types of plumbing emergencies, and we have the expertise to diagnose and fix the problem quickly and efficiently.
  2. Quality workmanship – We use high-quality materials and state-of-the-art equipment to ensure that our work is of the highest quality.
  3. Safety – Plumbing work can be dangerous, and our team is trained to handle the risks and ensure your safety.
  4. Cost-effective – DIY solutions may seem cheaper, but they can lead to more significant problems and higher costs in the long run. Hiring a professional plumber can save you money and time.

Choosing the right plumber for a broken water pipe

When choosing a plumber for a broken water pipe, here are some factors to consider:

  1. License and insurance – Ensure that the plumber is licensed and insured to protect yourself from liability in case of accidents or damages.
  2. Experience and reputation – Choose a plumber with years of experience and a good reputation for quality workmanship and customer service.
  3. Availability – Choose a plumber that offers 24/7 emergency services and can respond quickly to your plumbing emergency.
  4. Pricing – Compare the pricing of different plumbers and choose one that offers fair and transparent pricing.

At John’s Plumbing and Drain, we tick all these boxes and more. We’re dedicated to providing fast, efficient, and affordable plumbing services to our clients.

Prevention tips for a broken water pipe

Preventing a broken water pipe is always better than dealing with one. Here are some prevention tips to keep in mind:

  1. Regular maintenance – Schedule regular plumbing inspections, maintenance, and repairs to detect and fix potential problems before they escalate.
  2. Insulate pipes – Insulate pipes in cold areas like attics, basements, and crawl spaces to prevent freezing.
  3. Avoid pouring grease or oil down the drain – Grease and oil can clog pipes and cause damage.
  4. Avoid using chemical drain cleaners – Chemical drain cleaners can corrode pipes and cause leaks.
  5. Be gentle with pipes – Avoid using excessive force or weight on pipes, and don’t flush non-biodegradable materials down the toilet.


A broken water pipe can be a stressful and costly experience, but it doesn’t have to be. With the right knowledge, prevention, and professional help from John’s Plumbing and Drain, you can avoid or overcome a broken water pipe emergency. Contact us today for fast and reliable plumbing services.

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