How Do I Stop a Broken Pipe From Flooding My House?
We hear it all the time when winter storms hit: "Temperatures dropped, winds battered my house, and now a pipe is leaking all over my floors! What do I do?"
It’s a good question! Despite all the waterproofing trouble you went to for the outside of your house, water still comes in. Sometimes the pipe bursts while you’re around, and you have some time to fix it before it gets worse. Other times, our pipes can be less than that forgiving. For when you have the time and are nearby enough to stop the busted pipe, here are some things you should do:
- Turn off the water! Provided getting yourself to the main shutoff valve doesn’t pose any dangers to yourself or anyone else, turning off the source of the water is going to be the biggest step in reducing the amount of water damage to your home.
- Apply a pipe connector! Having a couple of these on hand is useful for this scenario. Rubber pipe connectors will help stop any residual leakage after you’ve turned the water off. You would usually use these on the joint or near the middle. You may need to fit them properly to the pipe itself, so if you aren’t handy or are just starting out, move on to #3.
- Pipe wraps! These were made for the horror story of the burst pipe. You can find a pipe wrap at almost any home improvement retailer, and just need to place it according to the package instructions. These are pretty universal and versatile as they can go anywhere on the pipe for any kind of burst.
After you’ve stopped the leakage to the best of your ability, you should give your plumber a call to fix the pipe.
After that, your best bet is to call SERVPRO: drying out your house after a flood or leak is our forte.
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