One of the worst things a homeowner can encounter is a burst pipe. This occurs when a pipe isn’t strong enough to handle the water coursing through it. This also occurs especially during the winter when water freezes and expands which ruptures the pipe. However, it may take some time before your plumber can come over and fix it for you. In this post, Action Restoration, the top flood and mold remediation expert shares four things you can do when your pipe bursts.
1. Shut Off Your Water Main. If your pipe bursts, the first thing you should do is to turn off your main water supply. If you think that your water supply can reach your electrical sockets, you can shut off your breaker or fuse box as well as a safety precaution. You can usually find the main shutoff valve in your basement, crawl spaces, near the water heater, or a metal lid near the street.
2. Drain the Faucet. After you shut off your main valve, open your faucets to drain the remaining water from your system, including your toilets. This reduces the chance of leftover water freezing inside your pipes and relieves pressure from them to mitigate any further water damage.
3. Let Warm Air In. If a pipe has burst due to cold weather, let some warm air in to cool them down. After draining your pipes, try and turn on your thermostat and crank up the heat, or point a hair dryer on the affected heat pipe. You can also open up the cabinet covers to let warm air through them.
4. Clean Up. Before your plumber comes in, mop up all the water that has splattered or any dirt that has come out from the pipes to prevent mold and mildew growth. Also, don’t forget to document the damage and the patchwork you’ve done to submit to your insurance provider later on as proof for coverage.Looking for a certified plumbing expert? Call on one of the top restoration companies in your Grand Rapids, Action Restoration! We don’t just restore homes, we restore people’s lives. Our licensed contractors will find the source of the problem and keep your home healthy and comfortable for your family to live in. Call us at (616) 200-8946 or fill out our contact form to get in touch with us.