If you Had a Burst Pipe Would you Know What to do?
Well it’s that time of year in New England when temperatures drop into the teens, and as we’ve experienced this past month, into the single digits with the wind chill below zero. Water pipes and cold temperatures are not friends!! A burst pipe can create serious water damage to your home and belongings.
If you had a burst pipe in your home would you know what to do?
Stop the Water Flow
Shut off the main water supply by turning off the main water turnoff. It is best to ensure that everyone in your family knows where the main water turnoff is located and how to turn it off in case of a burst pipe emergency. (Consider a “Water Turn Off” tag like the one pictured above)
Let the pipe drain out the water by turning on all cold faucets. Switch off the water heating system and then turn on all hot faucets to help in draining the water supply system. Also, flush all toilets. All leaks should stop once there is no more water running from the taps.
Find the Break
Locating exactly where the pipe burst is should be done immediately to prevent further damage. Once you've found the burst, you'll know what you have to do next. For instance, if it’s a tiny crack, patching it up may fix the problem for a while. Also, consider which pipe has burst. If the damage is in a main water pipe, it needs to be repaired and dealt with carefully regardless of the cause or size of the break.
If there has been leakage in the house for some time, be careful when entering rooms. Pay attention to the ceilings because if they appear to bulge, it means it is holding loads of water and could cave in any moment. If you've noticed the leak right away, place a bucket underneath to catch the drip.
If there is flooding or water damage in the home call SERPVRO of Malden/Melrose at 781-665-6396.