4 Steps to Take After a Pipe Bursts
Freezing temperatures create the perfect environment for you home’s pipes to freeze and burst. As a result, you may find your home unexpectedly flooded. In the event of a bust pipe, it’s important to know what steps to take to remedy the situation as quickly as possible.
1. Stop the water. As soon as you discover a burst pipe, it’s important to stop the water from flowing. Find the water main and turn it off. It’s a good idea to inform your entire family where the water main is to ensure they will be able to find it the case of a burst pipe. Once the water main is switched off, run the cold tap water in your home until it stops. Turn off the hot water heater and run the hot water until it stops. This will empty your pipes and stop any leaks.
2. Locate the burst pipe. Once you’ve stopped the water from flowing, it’s important to locate the burst pipe. Visible, exposed pipes, such as a basement pipes, will be easy to spot, while a concealed pipe could be more difficult. Look for puddles and water stains. Pay special attention to pipes located in exterior walls that could freeze easily if they are not properly insulated.
3. Repair the pipe. Repairing a burst pipe can be a long, difficult process if you have never done it before. If you are unfamiliar with the process, it’s a good idea to call a professional, like Taylored Restoration, to make repairs. This will ensure the pipe repair is done correctly and improvements are made so it doesn’t happen again.
4. Call a professional to dry the area. After a pipe bursts, there is likely water damage to the surrounding area. Water damage can go beyond what is seen by the naked eye, and it’s best to call a professional to make sure the area is entirely dried out. We specialize in water damage and can make sure your home is totally dry and free of any damage.
If you have found a burst pipe, don’t hesitate to call us. The sooner we’re able to take action, the less damage will occur over time. Our 24/7 emergency team is always available to help repair and burst pipes you have.