Often, the first reaction when it comes to a burst pipe is complete shock, but quick action can help to minimize the damage. Water damage often goes beyond having to clean up a wet floor as it can become a structural and health issue if not dealt with promptly and adequately. Follow these steps following a burst pipe to limit the damage you see.
Step 1: Stop the Water
The first thing that you need to do after you’ve found a broken pipe that’s leaking water is to eliminate the water source. You will either want to turn off that section of the pipe using the closest water shutoff valve.
In some cases, you may have to use the main shutoff valve that controls water to your entire house. It can be a good idea to have an idea of where the different shutoff valves are located in your home since not every house has the same plumbing. In most homes, you’ll find the main shutoff valve either by where the water supply enters the home or underneath your kitchen sink.
There may be times when you suspect that you have a leaking pipe, but aren’t sure where it’s located. You’ll want to either use the shutoff valve for that portion of the house or the main shutoff valve.
Step 2: Clear the Pipes
Next, you’ll want to clear the pipes. In cases where you turn off all of the water to your home, you’ll want to turn off your hot water heater, as well. To clear your pipes of water, you’ll want to open the faucets and flush the toilets. Once the pipes are empty, the water will stop coming out of the broken pipe. Also, it helps to remove the pressure from the pipes, which can be essential if there are any other weak areas that could potentially break.
Step 3: Get Help
Call in the professionals. A timely response by your plumber will help to minimize the amount of time you’re dealing with not having water. When you call, be sure to give them all of the pertinent information you have available, such as where the pipe is located and how big the crack in the pipe happens to be. Don’t worry if you’re not sure about the details as the plumber will evaluate the situation to determine the problem and help to come up with the best solution.
Step 4: Dry the Water
Begin your clean-up efforts. It’s vital to start cleaning up the water as soon as possible after a pipe has burst. You’ll want to put down towels, use a mop, place fans in the area, use a dehumidifier, or turn up the heat. The only time you should wait to begin cleanup is if there is a present danger, such as worry over electrical issues, in which case you may need to turn off your breaker.
Are you facing a burst pipe in your home? It can be a very frustrating situation, but every moment counts. Go through these steps to help contain the issue. Please contact us at 1 Call Plumbing today to get your pipes back into tip-top shape.