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What to do if you have a burst water pipe

What to do if you have a burst water pipe

If you experience – or are experiencing – a burst water pipe, you have more control over it than you may think you do. While the actual repairs should definitely be left for the professionals, there are certain things (such as turning off the water main) you can do to minimise the damage.

So, what can I do if I have a burst water pipe?

There are few things that require little knowledge of plumbing but are effective in keeping the water leaking under control before your plumber arrives. These include:

Turning off the water main

Before you do anything else, turn off the water main to stop the leaking from your burst water pipe. You do not want to have to deal with any new water coming through the burst pipe system as this just creates more drama and more water issues. Plus, the water that is already in the system will be much easier to deal with once there is no more new water being supplied.

Call an emergency plumber

Now it is time to call the plumber. If this emergency is happening afterhours, seek a 24/7 emergency plumber is your area. A plumber will be able to diagnose the cause, discuss solutions and fix the problem.

Clear away the water

To avoid water damage, or to minimise it, clear away the water that the burst water pipe has left behind. A fast clean up will ensure that mould and mildew does not grow – the longer it stays the more likely damage will be done.

Dry the area

Circulate warm air by keeping doors open, turn up the heat in your home, do whatever you can to ensure the damp areas that have been caused by the burst pipe system is dried out.

Drain faucets & toilets

Remove excess water still in your pipes by draining faucets and toilets, by doing so it ensures that there is less pressure in your pipes and all the water is out so there is no more risk of leakage.

What causes a burst water pipe?

There are a few potential reasons as to why a burst pipe system might happen. Four major reasons are as followed:

  • Blockages & clogs
  • Weak pipes
  • Pressure
  • Bad installation

The team at Top Dog Plumbing offers their 24/7 emergency plumber services to all Sunshine Coast residents for burst water pipes and other issues. Contact us today on (07) 5370 9532 so we can assist you with fixing any issues that have just sprung up.

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