If a pipe bursts in your home, you have to act fast to control the damage and make sure that no further issues result that could affect your health and wellness or the structure of your home. Here are our tips for homeowners dealing with this unfortunate but all-too-common problem.
- Catch the water. In order to prevent water damage, mold growth, and puddles of water to clean up after, you should try to collect as much of the water as you can. Put down buckets if the water is dripping on the floor, and surround the area with a towel. It’s also a good idea to bust open the plaster in the ceiling with a broom handle or other tool so that the water can fall to the ground rather than spreading to other parts of your ceiling.
- Close the water shut-off valve. Now it’s time to find the water shutoff valve, which may be in the basement, outside of the home, or there may be one close to the pipe that has burst. You should always know the location of this valve, so locate it as early on in your homeownership as is possible and contact a plumber for help.
- Call a plumber. After you’ve shut off the water, it’s time to call in a plumber. Look for a plumber who is available for 24-hour emergency services and who has the experience and the positive reviews to back them up.
- Be safe. Don’t touch any nearby electrical equipment, and shut off the circuit breaker if you’re worried about electrical shock.
- Keep windows and doors open while you wait for the plumber and for days afterwards if you want the area to dry completely so as to prevent mold from developing and spreading.
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