When it comes to one of the most stressful and dreadful things that can happen to a homeowner, a burst pipe is definitely top ten on the list. Unfortunately, some homeowners can testify that this has happened to them before and maybe not even once. The question is God forbid, if this was to happen to you do you know the correct and effective measures to take to prevent further damage before your local plumber comes to the rescue? If your answer is no, then you should probably read until the end. If you know how to but it may have slipped your mind, this article is for you too.
What Causes Burst Pipes
There are a number of common factors that contribute to the bursting of pipes
Clogged and blocked pipes slow down the flow of water but they can as well cause your pipes to burst. If your pipe has a build up of dirt, debris and objects, then this could be the cause of you pipes bursting
- Poor Installation
It could be that the plumber you hired may have installed your pipe in a rush, used substandard materials when installing, was not experienced enough or he/she made a silly mistake.
If you installed metal pipes in your home, it’s important to note that they have a tendency to corrode over time. The walls get weak and break due to pressure. To avoid this, go with the option of installing copper pipes as they don’t succumb to rust.
During winter, it is very possible for water to freeze in the pipes. When water changes to solid form, it takes up more space and the outcome will definitely lead to your pipes bursting. To avoid this keep your home warm.
What To Do In Case Of A Pipe Burst
If you suspect a burst pipe, you should act immediately.
- Turn off your main water supply
As long as the water is flowing, the burst pipe will continue to leak water so ensure you turn it off immediately to minimise further damage. Once you do that open your faucets to drain off the water which will relive any remaining water pressure in the pipes. Flush your toilet multiple times too. Additionally, you should also switch off your electrical sockets or the fuse box to avoid electrocution. If your power is on, avoid walking on the paddles of water.
- Locate the burst pipe
Find out where the pipe burst is and which pipe has burst. This is to prevent even further damage. If it’s a major water pipe that has been damaged, then it needs to be fixed immediately and carefully by a professional. Also look out for bulging ceilings and other signs of water damage.
- Call your plumber
The next crucial step is to call your local plumber. It’s important to call your plumber after you have tried to at least minimize the damage as opposed to waiting for the plumber to arrive as they may take some time to arrive. Hire a professional emergency plumber who will diagnose the cause then fix or replace your burst pipes and if you have any damage to your electrical system it’s important to bring in a professional electrician as well. The plumber will also inspect the rest of your pipes to ensure the same thing doesn’t happen again. As a homeowner it’s important to call professional plumbers to conduct general inspections of your home regularly. Prevention is better than cure and it will definitely save you money and stress.
- Clean up
Clean up the water as quickly as possible to avoid the growth of mould and also rotting. While cleaning make sure the windows are open to release moist air. Move your furniture if any from the affected area and also take out your carpet if it is soaked. Use your old towels, mops and a bucket to dry up the area. After you have drained out all the standing water, you could turn on your air conditioning system and open any other windows to speed up the drying process.
- Document any damage
Documenting the damage caused is a good idea as it will come in handy with your insurance claim. You can do this by taking videos and photos. Keep in mind also your house structure and how it has been affected by the water. Most insurance companies will pay for the damage caused but not the pipe repair itself.