Burst pipes in the water system are usually one of the most common problems at home and the public system. Many things cause a burst pipe such as a frozen pipe, failure due to age, damage or misuse, ant the effects of burst pipes can be devastating and dangerous at the same time. When it comes to a burst water pipe, the damage can be hazardous to your home, your possessions and your health if the water is not cleaned up properly, but don´t worry A#1 Emergency Service has an excellent service and reasonable prices for any plumbing repairs and water damage restoration.
Burst pipes happen sooner or later, the following are some steps for you to keep in mind when having a burst pipe at home:
- Look out for signs such as damp patches on the ceilings, walls, and floors. Unusual noises in the system, loss of water pressure, and even electrical faults can point to burst pipes.
- Don´t use electrical devices, get away from light switches and sockets, a leak can cause a short circuit.
- Clean the excess of water as soon as possible, and if it is required, call a professional plumber to clean up all of the wet spots inside the house to avoid mold growth.
- Move belongings and furniture away from the affected area.
- Turn off the water flow when you suspect a pipe has broken, even if you don´t have a clue where the water leak is coming from. You need to find the stop tap on the water main that is usually located under the kitchen sink or where the main service pipe is connected to your home.
- If the water from the burst pipe is on the ceiling, floor and walls contact a professional water restoration company, using fans and open windows to dry a wet area is an invitation to mildew and severe illness for your family.
Once the pipe or pipes have been fixed, these prevention tips will be helpful to avoid another pipe from bursting:
- Keep your heating on throughout the winter month.
- Disconnect hoses from outdoors faucets, drain them and store them indoors. Turn off the valves that control the water supply of these faucets, open them a little bit to let any stored water drain.
- Shut down the main water supply and drain the system by opening all faucets and flushing the toilets if you are planning to leave your house for an extended period.
- Make sure the boiler and heating system are working regularly and check that the thermostat is functioning correctly.
- On freezing days, leave at least one sink on a slow drip to keep water moving in the pipes.
Sometimes, icy weather can cause plumbing pipes to freeze and possibly burst, causing flooding and costly water damage to your home. Taking preventing measures before winter comes, can reduce and eliminate risks of burst pipes. This video is a vivid example of how ice can mess up your pipes making them burst.