Steps For Dealing With A Burst Pipe

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A burst pipe can be a nightmare. Not only do you have water flooding your home, but you also will have to cut off the water supply in order to begin addressing the problem. The following five-step guide can help you deal with a burst pipe if it unfortunately occurs.

1. Turn Off the Water at the Main

When a pipe bursts, the first thing you need to do is stop further damages from happening. The simplest and quickest way to achieve this is to shut off the water supply. If you know where the pipe is, such as under the sink, then you can turn off the water main to that room. In a kitchen you can usually find the room main under the sink, while in bathrooms, it is often behind the toilet or under the sink. Otherwise, turn off the main water valve for the entire house. This can usually be found in the basement, in a utility room, or in a green utility box in your yard near your home.

2. Open a Tap

Next, open one or more taps in the house. Pressure in your pipes can cause some water flow to continue even after the main is shut off, especially if there is still a lot of water sitting in the supply lines. Opening taps relieves the pressure and allows the remaining water to drain harmlessly instead of causing the water to flow toward and out of the burst pipe.

3. Call an Emergency Plumber

Once the first two immediate steps are handled, it's time to get a professional on the scene to address the cause of the problem. Contact an emergency plumber. These plumbers will work after hours and on weekends, so you won't be put at the end of a long waiting list or waiting for the plumber to open up in the morning. The goal is to get the problem fixed ASAP so you can have running water in your home again.

4. Provide Ventilation

While awaiting the plumber's arrival, begin drying out the affected area. Open up windows and doors to provide airflow. It also helps to set up fans or even space heaters around the flood zone. Just be careful that no electric devices are in contact with any water. The more quickly you dry out the area, the less likely that you will have mold and other water damage to deal with.

5. Begin Water Cleanup

Once the ventilation is provided, you can begin to clean up the standing water. Towels and mops, which are wrung out thoroughly between uses, work best for getting up the excess water. Once most of the moisture is cleaned up, you can use a diluted bleach solutions to wipe down all the surfaces to cut down on the chances of mold and mildew.

Contact an emergency plumber in your area immediately if you have a burst pipe.

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