Reacting quickly after a pipe bursts can help save you money and prevent extensive damage from happening to your home. The following are the things you need to do the minute you notice a burst pipe, even before you call a plumbing service.
Stop the Water
The most important thing you can do after a pipe bursts is to stop the water. To stop the water, you will use the stop tap that is connected to the water main. This stop tap will completely stop all water from coming into the home.
If you don’t know where the stop tap is for your home, a plumbing contractor can show you during your next maintenance appointment.
Drain the Pipes
After all water has been stopped to the home, you will want to drain the pipes. Draining the pipes gets all sitting water out of the pipes and prevents any further leaks.
To drain the pipes, all you have to do is turn on the cold water for a few minutes. This will run out the cold water and force it out of the pipes. Once you have drained the pipes of cold water, you will want to go and turn off your hot water tank and then run the hot water. Do this until no water comes out of the faucet.
Try and Locate the Burst Pipe
This isn’t a necessary step, but it can be helpful. Try and locate the source of the leak or where the damaged pipe is located. This will help your local plumber when he or she arrives to fix the pipe.
Call Your Local Plumbing Service
Some individuals have the knowledge to fix a broken or leaking pipe on their own. However, if you aren’t comfortable with fixing it, call a local plumber immediately. After all, you will have no water to the house until it has been fixed.
If you live in the Seattle area, you can call Raymark Plumbing & Sewer. We are a local Seattle company that offers a variety of services ranging from sewer repair and drain cleaning to waterline replacement and burst pipe repair. Call us today and we will send out an experienced plumber right away to fix your burst pipe.