Owning a home can be a major expense especially since you have to deal with all sorts of bills. A busted water pipe, for example, can have a detrimental impact on your water bill and worse still can lead to serious damage to your home if left untreated.
However, the good news is that there are a couple of steps you can take if you ever encounter a burst water pipe in your home. In this article, we’ll be covering four steps that you can take if ever a water pipe has burst at home. These steps are the following:
- Stop the water
- Locate the broken pipe and examine the damage
- Repair the burst pipe
- Call in the professionals
1). Stop The Water
The first thing that you must do if a pipe bursts in your home is to turn the water off even if you don’t know where the water is coming from. You can typically locate the stop tap on the water main under the kitchen sink. If it’s not under your kitchen sink, try to find out where the main service pipe connects to your house so that you can shut off the water. Make sure every family member knows where the stop tap is just in case.
Once you have successfully switched off the main water, drain out the pipes by running cold water on all faucets. Flush each toilet at least once. Shut off the hot water system and then go back to each faucet to run the hot water to drain the supply. Once there is no more running water, the leak should stop.
2). Locate The Broken Pipe And Examine The Damage
Once you’ve drained out all the excess water, try to locate the burst pipe and examine the damage. Consider where the pipe is located before you try to come up with a solution. A major water pipe that has been damaged holds more water and leads to additional connections, which means that it will need more treatment to be fixed.
However, if the damage just requires a small fix, you could possibly patch the pipe to prevent further damage and save money in the long run. Commercial tapes or bonding agents are one way to fix small scale damages. Keep an eye on the repair job though in case it breaks again in the future.
3). Repair The Burst Pipe
This step was mentioned a little bit in the previous step, but there are other ways by which you can repair a burst pipe. The important thing to note is that you will need to fix ruptures or cracks because they can lead to serious structural damages in your home.
Something to note is that cracked pipes can be straightforward but they will be expensive in the long run if you do not use quality materials. As mentioned, for small scale damage you can try using commercial tapes or bonding agents to repair the damage, but if the burst pipe is really not in good shape it’s best to call a professional to the scene. This brings us to our next step.
4). Call In The Professionals
For burst pipes that have serious damage or even for pipes with small amounts of damage that you think need professional treatment, call a professional service. With their knowledge, skills, expertise, and equipment, they will be the best people to go to so that your burst pipes are fixed safely and efficiently.
In the meantime, you can use fans and open windows to dry soaked areas to prevent the formation of mould. Moreover, you can shut off the electrical power of the area in question to prevent shocks from occurring.
Dealing with a cracked pipe is serious business. It’s critical that you have the situation treated as soon as possible. If not, this can lead to very costly water bills, or worse still, structural damages to your beloved home. It’s best to call a professional service so that they can help safely fix the problem for you.