A burst pipe is the last thing anybody wants to tackle. However, there are some fast short-term fixes you can do to slow the effect of a burst pipeline.
What to do when you discover a burst pipe
If you find one of the pipes in your home has burst or you suspect it has, there are a few things you can immediately do:
- Call an emergency plumber
- Shut off the water
- Turn on a tap
- Start getting rid of the water
- Open some doors
If the pipe is burst outside of the home, you may have a burst water main or sewer pipe. If you believe that you have a ruptured water main, we strongly advise you to separate the water from your property. This will prevent the burst pipe from leaking, flooding your home, or wasting vital town water. There will be a mains isolation tap or valve someplace to isolate the water to your residence, most often at the water meter or, if you live in a unit/townhouse, at the door to your unit.
If your type of broken water main is not evident, it may be a disguised burst water main that must be discovered. In either case, call The Brisbane Plumbers immediately. We are skilled in burst pipe identification as well as the tools required to repair your burst pipes through a process called pipe relining.
Call an Emergency Plumber
Unless you feel confident attempting to fix a broken pipe by yourself, you’re definitely going to require a plumbing professional at some point.
If you need an emergency plumber, The Brisbane Plumbers is available 24/7. We had years of experience with burst pipes and are able to not only fix the issue but do so with our super-fast response time.
You can, however, do several things before the plumbing technician arrives that will help reduce the effect of a broken pipe.
Shut Off The Water
And it expands with incredible force: The pressure inside pipes might go from 40 pounds per square inch to 40,000 psi! No pipe can hold that much pressure, so it breaks open. The break may happen where the ice types, but more frequently, it occurs where water pressure discovers a weak area in the pipeline.
Turn On A Tap
Opening a faucet after you shut off the water main will alleviate any remaining water pressure in the pipes.
Start Getting Rid of the Water
Get the mop, buckets and a store vacuum to start to eliminate the water because you definitely don’t desire it soaking into whatever else in your house. Plus, a quick clean up will reduce the possibility of something getting mouldy.
Open Some Doors
Leave doors open if you have actually exposed pipelines inside closets or kitchens. Open vanity or cabinet doors so warm air can reach the pipes under sinks also.
Clean the Damage
Get to it rapidly to prevent any kind of mould development if there is any water damage.