Pipes bursting is something we usually don’t think about until it’s too late. Other parts of the country are at risk of their pipes busting because of freezing temperatures, but there are other things that cause pipes to burst. It’s important to educate yourself before an emergency happens, so that you have the knowledge needed to make the best decisions in that situation.
Learning why pipes burst and how to help prevent them is the first step in the learning process. Aside from freezing, pipes can burst from not being secured properly, water pressure issues and corrosion. Pipes are built to last a long time, but that doesn’t mean they’re meant to last forever.
In the unfortunate case that your pipes burst, you will want to follow the important steps below.
What to do when you have a pipe burst:
- Immediately shut off the water to prevent further water damage.
- Turn off your HVAC system.
- Turn off any electric devices.
- Cover your electric breaker box.
- Call the trusted plumbers here at Parker and Sons.
- Remove any valuables to prevent them from getting destroyed by water damage. Move furniture, clothing, electronics, etc.
- Start removing any water that you can with buckets, a shop vac, your sump pump or pans.
- Place fans and dehumidifiers around the home to prevent mold and moisture damage.
- Call your insurance company if enough damage occurred that you will need to file a claim.
- If filing an insurance claim document any damage by taking photos.
Don’t be blindsided by a leak from a burst pipe. If you have trouble with your pipes, call us or schedule your next service call online.