What to Do When a Pipe Bursts in Your Home

A burst water pipe inside your house is a crisis and should always be dealt with accordingly. The extent of damage to your home and the possessions inside it may very well depend on how you respond to the event. Here are some steps to get control of the situation rapidly and minimize consequences as much as possible.

Shut off the supply. At the first sign of water leakage inside the house, turn off the house water at the main shutoff valve. Every adult in the home should know the location of the valve and how to shut off the water. If a specific tool is required to operate the valve, purchase one at a home center. Test the valve at least once a year to make sure it turns freely. If it’s difficult to operate, consult a plumber.

Open faucets. After the main valve is shut off, open cold water faucets in the house. This relieves residual pressure in the household lines and reduces the remaining volume of water leaking from the ruptured pipe.

Stay safe. Electrocution is a potential hazard inside a wet house. Stay out of any areas where water may have contacted wall outlets or switches. Don’t step into standing water in the basement. If water damage is limited to a certain section of the house and you can reach the main electrical panel without entering a wet area, turn off the power to that part of the house at the circuit breakers.

Limit the spread. Once power is off, use brooms or a floor squeegee to push pooling water outside through exterior doors. This helps reduce migration of water deeper into the structure and other rooms that are still dry. If water is trickling out of a ceiling due to a burst pipe upstairs, place buckets in rooms below to catch the water.

Contact the professionals. Time is of the essence to mitigate primary water damage and secondary consequences like mold contamination Inform your homeowner’s insurance agent immediately. Contact a water damage remediation service, ASAP. Most qualified professional firms provide comprehensive emergency response, 24/7/365.

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