What to do When a Pipe Bursts (Before the Plumber Gets There!)

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A burst pipe is a cause for major concern in any home at any time. Water can quickly start to damage the walls, floors or ceiling structure of your home, not to mention the unsightly stains and mould left behind by standing water that isn’t properly cleaned. First things first though. When a pipe bursts in your home, no matter where it occurs, there are a few things you’ll need to do before you call the plumber to reduce the amount of damage, repairs and clean up you’ll end up dealing with. Below you’ll find a step by step list of what you need to do when a pipe springs a major leak at home.

What to do When a Pipe Bursts: Step-By-Step Guide

Turn Off the Main Water Supply

Right before you call the plumber, the first thing you should do is cut off the water supply to the leaking pipe. The easiest way to do that is by shutting off the main water supply. Most water main valves are located beside your water meter in your basement. This valve must be accessible at all times, even if there isn’t an emergency, so make sure you always have easy access to the main valve. Once the main is shut off, you can open other faucets in your home to empty the water supply lines more quickly and reduce the amount of water that leaks out of the damaged pipe.

Electrical Safety

You might also consider turning the main electrical switch off if you think the water leak has come into contact with any power sockets or the breaker panel. When it comes to water and electricity in your home, it is always better to be safe than sorry. When the plumber arrives, he/she should be able to let you know if the electricity needs to stay off, or if it is safe to switch it back on.

Locate the Issue

To make repairs go more smoothly, you can take the opportunity to locate the source of the leak. Once you’ve found it, you can determine whether or not the damage is extensive enough to get a professional involved, or if it is something you can patch on your own with a home repair kit. Even if you decide to patch the leak on your own, it may still be a good idea to book an appointment with a plumber to ensure the damage is permanently fixed.

Think Proactively

If this burst pipe teaches you anything, it should be to stay vigilant when it comes to future water supply issues in your home. You can consider how the pipe got damaged in the first place, and consult with a plumbing expert about what you can do to prevent similar problems in the future. If your pipe became damaged due to exposure to the cold, you can inquire about winterizing your plumbing in areas of your home that aren’t sufficiently insulated such as cold rooms and crawlspaces. You can also take the opportunity to secure any pipes that are rattling inside walls and under sinks. These pipes can eventually spring leaks if they continue to get bashed around. Finally, once repairs are completed on the burst pipe, you might want to consider having the plumber do a full inspection of the rest of your water supply and drain lines.

The plumbing experts at Lillie Family Ltd are available to perform maintenance and emergency plumbing repairs whenever you need us. Simply contact us to arrange for a free estimate or in the home service call. You can also reach our 24/7 plumbing emergency line at any time to get your plumbing issue handled as soon as possible. For more information about this and other quality plumbing and HVAC services, be sure to contact the friendly team at Lillie Family Ltd today!

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