Dealing with a burst pipe in your home
It’s important for homeowners to know what steps to take when dealing with a burst pipe in your home. Damaged water pipes may have serious implications and cause major water damage to walls, floors, and possessions.
The first step is to get in touch with a reliable, experienced plumber who will assist with identifying the cause and detail an action plan to remedy the problem. Next, contact your homeowners insurance company to file a claim if necessary.
It is important to keep an eye on the plumbing system because burst pipes happen over time. There are several factors that can contribute to the problem, and these are common causes that most homeowners will encounter from time to time:
- Clogs: Clogs increase water pressure, especially if the clog is deep within the piping system.
- Movement: During the cold winter months, pipes contract, causing them to shift. Or repairs on other sections of the piping system may cause the pipes to move. This movement may increase water pressure resulting in a burst pipe.
- Corrosion: Corrosion and PH imbalances occur over time and brings the integrity of the piping system into question. This in turn will lead to leaks and ultimately a burst pipe.
- Frozen: Bonds in the pipes weaken due to frozen water inside the pipes. This is especially the case in areas that experience extreme winters. Pipes shatter after a sudden increase in water temperature such as turning on the hot water faucet.
Homeowners should keep an eye out for signs of a burst pipe and these include:
- Wall stains
- Discolored water
- Water pressure problems
- Water smells
- Pipe noises
- High water bill
It is imperative to have a reliable, diligent, experienced plumber on call there is a sudden unexpected burst pipe.
The following steps should be followed promptly to address a burst waterpipe:
- Turn off the main water supply
- Call your local plumber a.s.a.p to provide you with the necessary services
- Clean any excess water to prevent further water damage
- Drain excess water from the system through the faucets
- Open doors and windows letting warm air in
- For a quick fix, use a repair sleeve