Let’s face it: the last thing you want is to pay for any emergency repairs in your home. However, what’s even worse is if something catastrophic like a burst water pipe wreaks havoc in your abode!
The sad truth is that thousands of Americans experience that particular problem in their homes each year. Reasons can vary, from corroded water pipes due to leaking faucets to accidental DIY disasters resulting in water damage in one or more rooms.
Hopefully, you won’t ever need to follow the helpful tips in this blog post when dealing with a burst water pipe inside your home. But, it’s good to know what they are in case you ever need them:
Shut Off the Water
First of all, you need to shut off the water quickly. The best way to do that is by locating your water shutoff valve. There is usually a shutoff valve just before the water meter; the other one might be in your basement, kitchen, or some other area that is warm to prevent freezing.
When you shut off the water via the shutoff valve, you’ll obviously have no more mains water going to any of your home’s faucets, showers, bathtubs, and toilets. Be sure to keep that in mind if you’re wondering why you can use any of those items afterward!
Open a Faucet
If a pipe inside your home has burst and the temperatures outside are freezing or below, it’s likely the pipe burst due to frozen water in your pipes expanding. In those situations, it’s a good idea to open a faucet and let the remaining water in your pipes flow down the drain.
Doing so will relieve any remaining water pressure and potentially stop other pipes from bursting too. Even if temperatures outside are above freezing, it’s still good practice to let any water in the pipes drain away.
Call For Help
You will likely have a home insurance policy that covers emergencies like this. If there was any significant damage done to your home, you’d need to claim your insurance company. When you contact them, they should immediately send a plumber out to you.
The plumber can fix the burst pipes so that you can use the mains water again. Afterward, your insurer will send out an assessor to determine what’s been damaged in your home and approve your claim.
Next, they will send out a company specializing in water damage remediation. There might be invisible damage done to your home, such as water trapped inside drywall or underneath floors.
If the water pipe burst and you immediately closed the water shutoff valve, it’s possible to call a plumber and clean up any mess yourself if you don’t want to involve your insurance company.
The steps to deal with a water disaster in your home are straightforward to follow. If you manage to stop water from any burst pipes reasonably quickly, you should hopefully have minimal damage and disruption in your home.
If the damage got caused due to water freezing in your pipes, be sure to prepare your home for winter each year to avoid the problem happening again.