Leaking & Burst Pipes
WHY DID THE PIPE BURST ALL OF A SUDDEN?
Short answer: freezing temperatures. Burst pipes occur due to the unique property of water. Water begins to increase in density and reaches maximum density as it becomes solid, before finally starting to contract as it approaches the freezing point.
The pipe bursts when water is allowed to remain still in the pipes at the temperature when it begins to expand. This puts a large amount of stress on the pipes, which can cause them to distort, bulge, and eventually burst.
The reason burst pipes occur mostly during the night is because that’s when most homeowners stop using water. This allows the water to remain still and undergo that unique expansion as it changes to ice.