There are different steps to take to mitigate the damage in a burst pipe. However, if a further problem arises, contact a professional technician right away. Call us if you want a tested and proven professional plumbing treatment.

What To Do If A Pipe Bursts?

When water freezes, it increases in volume. If this happens inside an enclosed space, such as inside a water pipe, the pipe will burst. That is why there is usually a lot of talk, when the cold season approaches, about preventing your water pipes from bursting. To achieve this goal, you just need to keep your water pipes warm to prevent them from freezing. If a pipe bursts inside the house, however, there are steps you can take to mitigate the damage. It is important you act fast to prevent further loss of water, which can increase your water bills significantly. Acting fast will also go a long way in preventing water damage because freestanding water can wreak havoc on unprotected surfaces.

The following are some steps you can take when you have burst pipes in your home:

Step 1: Shut Off the Water Supply

The first thing you should do when you discover a pipe has burst is to stop the water leak. Just go to the main shut off valve/stopcock and turn it in the clockwise direction. This will effectively stop water from leaking into the house through the damaged section. Next, you should open all water outlets inside the house to drain water from the pipes.

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When you discover a pipe has burst, don’t just seal it with a towel, shut off the water supply right away.

Step 2: Locate the Pipe Break

The next step is to find the pipe break. Before you can take any further step, you need to locate the pipe break and assess the damage. There are two things that you should watch out for – the size of the crack and the amount of water that has spilled to the floor. If only a small amount of free-standing water can be seen on the floor and the crack is small, you may be able to repair the damage on your own. However, if a lot of water has spilled onto the floor, you will have to call a professional to offer water damage repair services.

Step 3: Repair the Problem

There are many ways of repairing burst pipes. The first is to cut and slice a garden hose, and slip it onto the cracked section. Use hose clamps to hold the sliced piece of garden hose in place. You can check if the leak is plugged properly by turning the water back on.

Step 4: Call-in the Experts

Water damage repair is a complicated process. It usually starts with water extraction and drying followed by humidity control. Ideally, you should call an experienced water damage repair company to repair the damage caused by freestanding water.

Step 5: File Your Insurance Claim

Water damage repair is usually costly, so you should get in touch with your insurance company to start processing your claim.

How to Keep Pipes From Bursting

As mentioned earlier, pipes burst when water freezes and increases in volume inside the pipes. To ensure your pipes do not burst at any given time, make sure your heating system is always operational throughout the cold season. All exposed water pipes should also be well-insulated to ensure they do not lose heat to the surrounds and freeze. Cold water tanks should also be insulated properly. Furthermore, you should fix any dripping taps and water leaks before the cold season.


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