It’s a homeowner’s worst nightmare — water gushing out, floors flooding, and expensive water damage. If a pipe bursts, it can be a stressful situation for everyone involved. But, don’t panic — to keep a level head, it’s important to know what causes your pipe to burst and what to do in an emergency while waiting for a qualified plumber to arrive.
Don’t let a burst pipe catch you off guard by following these tips from Sunshine Plumbing and Gas. Our plumbers are backed by over 15 years of experience in all kinds of residential and commercial plumbing services.
Don’t wait till it’s too late — call our emergency plumbers right away when a pipe bursts!
Causes Of Burst Pipes
There are many different reasons why a pipe bursts. That’s why regular check-ups and maintenance by an experienced plumber are key — catch these signs early and prevent the disaster altogether. The most common causes of burst pipes include the following.
- Unsteady Piping
- Abnormal Water Pressure
- Corroded/Rusted Piping
- Pipe/Sewer Clogs
- Cracked Piping
Contact our plumbing company today to schedule routine maintenance and services to get ahead of the problem.
What To Do If A Pipe Bursts
A burst pipe might not always be as dramatic as expected. Sometimes it manifests in leaks coming through the ceiling or walls, strange noises from the pipes, or electrical disturbances. If you notice any of these, there are a few easy steps you can follow to prevent more damage or making the problem worse while waiting for an experienced plumber to get gets there.
Collect Gushing Water
Act fast once you detect a burst pipe and prevent long-lasting, expensive water damage. Try and salvage as much water as possible using buckets or any other container that can hold large amounts of water.
Shut Off The Main Switch
This is a no-brainer — once you suspect a pipe bursts, shut off the main water supply to your home. This can drastically reduce the amount of water gushing through the pipe and can save your home from severe water damage.
Turn Off The Electrical Supply
Large amounts of water gushing out in close proximity to switches, devices, and electrical circuits, can be extremely dangerous. It is important to switch off the electricity until the surrounding area is dry and clear of hazards.
Turn On Cold Faucets & Flush The Toilets
To prevent more water from gushing through the burst pipe, turn on the cold faucets and flush the toilets in order to deplete as much water coming through the main system as possible.
Contact A Plumber
While there are plenty of temporary ways to stop water from wreaking havoc on your home, the only way to completely fix a burst pipe is with the help of an experienced plumber. At Sunshine Plumbing and Gas, our team is ready to help you right away with quick, efficient service.