Your underground piping deals with a lot more wear and tear than you may think. They are susceptible to bursting at any point, no matter if the weather is hot or cold. As time goes on, the ground of your property can shift even the slightest bit and cause your underground pipes to burst. We don’t want you to panic and think that your pipes are going to burst at any second, but Drain Doctor thinks it’s important for you to know what you should do if that situation ever arises in your home.
If you do experience a pipe burst, the first thing you’re likely to do is panic. You aren’t a plumber and you don’t know how to fix your pipes. You can’t even see your pipes so how can you tell if they burst or not? Fortunately for you, Drain Doctor is here to help!
If you ever run into a pipe burst and you need to act fast and think on your toes, there are the 5 things you should always do if you have a pipe burst…
1. Shut off the water & electricity
The most important thing you do after experiencing a pipe bursting is turning off your main water valve and your electricity. If you have to get into your pipes and figure out what’s going on, you don’t want water running through them, and you definitely don’t want to mix water and electricity – we all know what happens with that combination.
2. Shut off your water heater
Another thing you need to do is shut off your water heater. There’s nothing worse than being sprayed with steaming hot water, so by turning off your water heater, you can avoid this issue altogether.
3. Empty your pipes
Now that your water, your water heater, and your electricity are off, you’ll need to make sure your pipes are empty. This means going around your home and flushing all of your toilets, and run your faucets until nothing comes out. Once your pipes are empty, you can start searching for the source of the burst.
4. Find the source
This is where the search begins. Determining the source of the leak can be tricky, especially if you’ve never dealt with something like this before. Look for things like sagging ceilings, pooling water, water damage under your sinks, or mold growth, or just call Drain Doctor!
5. Determine the size of the burst
Once you know where the leak is stemming from, you can determine how bad the burst is. If it’s a smaller burst, you can use some commercial tape and seal it up, or you can do the smart thing and have Drain Doctor come and fix your pipes.
Are you dealing with a pipe burst and you need help from someone knowledgeable? Are you trying to do DIY leak detection and you can’t seem to find the source of your leak? Do you need expert plumber to help with pipe bursting? Give Drain Doctor a call today to learn more or schedule an appointment.