As the temperature outside drops, so does the temperature of the water inside your pipes. When the water expands and freezes it can sometimes cause a pipe to burst. What should you do if it happens to you?
We found this helpful guide from The Washington Post that provides a step-by-step process to take care of a burst pipe as quickly as possible with minimal damage.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Shut off the water and electricity
If you are in a building where you have control over the water and electricity systems, find its main water valve and turn it off immediately. Also shut off electricity to the parts of the building that have experienced water damage from the pipe bursting. If you are in a building without control over the water and electricity, contact your landlord or building manager.
2. Call a plumber
Next you will need to call a plumber. Pick a plumber that is available 24/7. Plumbers that are available any time of day or night will be available to fix the problem no matter what time you call. Programming the number of a 24/7 plumber into your phone in advance of emergencies (like a burst pipe) is a great idea so you’ll be prepared when the time comes.
3. Begin removing water
Removing the water as soon as possible will help prevent mold and mildew from building up in the areas affected by the burst pipe. Depending on the level of damage, the amount of clean-up will vary. If there is lots of water, remove it with buckets first then soak up the rest with towels. If there has been severe damage, you may need to contact a water damage specialist.
4. Prevent bursts in the future
Going forward, you’ll want to prevent your pipes from bursting again. If you sense a frozen pipe, try to thaw it yourself (you can apply heat to the frozen pipe in a number of ways like using hair dryers or space heaters) or call a plumber. If any of your faucets stop running or your toilets aren’t refilling in the winter season, it could be because of a frozen pipe.
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