In the back of their minds, many people worry about a pipe bursting and damaging their home. Avoiding a plumbing emergency is exactly why it’s important to check your home for leaks, rust, and any other signs of faulty pipes. However, even if you do everything right, burst pipes can still happen.
If you’re one of the unlucky souls that is suddenly dealing with a burst pipe—don’t panic! By following these steps, you can avoid further damage and respond quickly in the case of another plumbing emergency.
Turn Off The Water
If you don’t already know where your water shutoff valve is, go find it now.
Turn On One Of The Taps
This will flush the lines of most of the remaining water in your pipes.
Soak Up The Water
To the best of your ability, remove as much water as you can. This will prevent the moisture damage from spreading more than it already has.
Dry Out The House
The last thing you want is for mold to start growing. Depending on the season, you can either open up all the doors and windows, or blast the heat. If the water damage is contained to one spot, grab a hair dryer or utility fan to dry it up.
If You Haven’t Done So Already, Call A Plumber!
With the immediate emergency dealt with, you can now contact your local plumber to repair the burst pipe.
Though plumbing emergencies are often unexpected, there are a few ways you can prepare. Check out the below infographic to learn what causes burst water pipes so you know what to look out for.
Infographic Design By: Gold Coast Plumbing Experts