7 Ways to Handle a Burst Pipe
A burst pipe can occur for a number of reasons such as mains pressure, extreme weather conditions, pipe decay, hard water and poor installation. Whatever the reason, a burst pipe is one of the most inconvenient and serious plumbing issues a homeowner can face.
While burst pipes are cause for numerous concerns such as property damage, large water bills and extensive pipe destruction, one of the worst parts of experiencing a burst pipe is trying to mitigate water damage to your property as a result of the rupture. Below we explore a few ways to dry out and restore your home after experiencing a burst pipe.
1. Ensure your safety and switch off the electricity
We are all aware that water and electricity do not mix. Before any cleaning commences, ensure power to your home is fully switched off, especially if the leak occurred anywhere near electrical appliances.
2. Stop water at the source
In the case of a burst pipe, it is important to stop the flow of water from the source and relieve pressure within the pipes. The main water shutoff valve is usually found in your front yard or by your water meter. Once the water has been shut off to the property, you’ll need to drain the pipes. To do this, turn the cold water taps on and flush each toilet. Next, turn off the hot water system and run the hot water taps until there is no more water. This will successfully drain the pipes and relieve pressure.
3. Contain the water
If the ruptured pipe is visible, place a large bucket or container under the pipe to ensure any further water damage does not occur. This will need to be replaced or emptied often to ensure it does not overflow.
4. Call an emergency plumber
Once the burst pipe is under control, find an emergency plumber near me to carry out repairs to your pipe. It is recommended a drain inspection is also carried out to ensure there is no other damage or pipes under threat. Metropolitan Plumbing offers 24 hour service can tend to a range of burst pipe repairs within the hour* such as plastic pipes, copper pipes, galvanised pipes, brass fittings and polyethylene pipes.
5. Remove personal items from the affected area
Eliminating soaked carpets, furniture and other personal items from the affected area will ensure they remain intact. It is also advised you dispose of any heavily water damaged items to prevent the build up of mould.
6. Dry the floors and walls
Remove visible water with the use of towels, mops or wet-dry vacuums. Once water is removed, utilise fans and dehumidifiers to aid in the dry out process. Ensure you open windows and doors to promote natural airflow through the house. Not only does this help in drying the area out, but it can also assist in removing any unpleasant odours that may be lingering due to dampness.
7. Contact a professional restoration company
If the damage is beyond your own means, there are professional restoration companies that specialise in water damage and sewerage overflow. This is especially relevant in instances where water has seeped into flooring or drywall. With industrial strength equipment, these companies can turn the effects of a burst pipe into a distant memory. They can also help to ensure you don’t put your property’s structural integrity or your family’s health at risk. It is often a good idea to check your home insurance policy, as many include damage from burst pipes and may, in fact, cover the costs associated with these companies.
Burst pipes can be a real stress for homeowners. It is important you remain calm and remember, as with most mitigation efforts, prompt action is key. If tended to quick enough, most water damage from a burst pipe is usually fully repairable.
For more information, the team at Metropolitan Plumbing can help. Contact us today.
Published: 20 Feb, 2020