Burst or Leaking Pipes
What to Do When A Pipe Bursts
When a leaking pipe bursts, it’s never a fun experience. Floors get wet, furniture can become damaged, and since it’s not a common occurrence, it can quickly become a stressful situation.
So what do you do when that leaking pipe bursts?
First, we will talk about the common signs of leaking pipes to help prevent future bursts, then, we will go into detail about what to do if your leaking pipe bursts.
Warning Signs of a Leaking Pipe
Your Water Has a Funny Colour or an Odour
If your home has old galvanized pipes, eventually, your leaking pipe will begin to rust, causing your water to look brownish. If this is the case you should replace your pipes with plastic or Copper pipes for example. Your water may also smell off, like rotten eggs; this means that you can smell hydrogen sulfide, a natural gas that occurs in sewer lines.
You Have Water On The Floor/Under Sinks
If you notice water pooling either on the floor or underneath sinks, look around and check for damp spots, which could indicate where the leaking pipe is located.
You can Hear Water Or Your Pipes Are Noisy
If you hear water running when you haven’t used any water in your home, or your pipes start to make noise, it might be from a leaking pipe.
Your Water Bill Has Become Expensive
If your water bill appears to be significantly higher than usual without a direct cause to be found, then there might be a leaking pipe somewhere in your home.
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What To Do If A Leaking Pipe Bursts
When a leaking pipe bursts, the first thing you should do is to turn off your water. The reason for doing this is because this will help minimize the water damage to your home. Every home has a main water valve that is usually positioned in your basement close to your water heater. Alternately if your water source is from a well or lake pumping system, you will be able to find the water turn off at the holding tank. Once the water is off, go to a faucet and turn it on; doing this allows the remaining water to drain, which will relieve the pressure in your pipes. Next, flush the toilets, and then the water will stop running from the taps.
Once the water stops running, it’s time to seek out where the pipe that burst is. Check the walls and ceilings for signs of water damage to locate it. When the leak is found, place a bowl or bucket to catch the water.
After you have located the leak, the next thing to do is call a professional plumber.
At Plumbtech Plumbing, we offer 24 Hour emergency services as we know that pipes burst at any time of day. Our plumbers are ready to help at any given moment to fix or replace your pipes. All you need to do is call us at 705-722-7209.
When the pipe has been fixed and the plumber is gone. Depending on the extent of water damage, the homeowner should hire a restoration service to give a thorough clean to the affected area. It is essential as water damage can quickly turn to mould or grow into long-term damage.