Why Do Pipes Burst in the Summer?

We are all accustomed to the idea that pipes may burst in the winter if temperatures are extremely cold, but did you know that it is possible for pipes to burst in the summer as well? BMW Plumbing, Inc. is well-versed in all areas of residential plumbing in Northbrook, Il, including pipes that burst when you least expect them to.

Here are some reasons why your pipes may burst in the summertime.

An Increased Demand

Hot summer temperatures mean an increased amount of water on all fronts; watering the lawn, your kids running through sprinklers, tending to the garden, filling swimming pools, etc. If your system isn’t prepared for this increase, it may result in a burst pipe.

The Extreme Heat

Illinois has seen temperatures break into the triple-digits this summer, and your pipes may be paying the price. Extreme heat can cause dry soil, allowing your pipes to shift in the land. Older pipes may break if they shift around more than they normally would. To combat this, try cutting back on how much water you use to give your system a break.

Clogged Pipes

Sewer problems are all-too-common in the Chicagoland area, and this is one of the most common reasons a pipe may burst. Plus, if water pumps also become clogged, the pressure will build and your pipes will eventually pay the price.

Tackling residential plumbing services in Northbrook, Il should be left to a professional to make sure that you and your family stay safe! Contact our team at BMW Plumbing, Inc. for a professional and affordable fix to your summertime plumbing issues.

About the Author


I’m Andy Visconi, the Operations Manager at BMW Plumbing since 1999.  When I’m not talking to our many Customers about their plumbing needs, scheduling one of our expert plumbers to a home or business or responding to plumbing emergencies, I can be found spending time with my wife Megan and two children.

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