What You Should Do If You Find a Pipe Burst

What You Should Do If You Find a Pipe Burst

A burst pipe is the last thing anyone wants to tackle. But there are some quick temporary fixes you can do to slow the impact of a burst pipe.

1. Shut off the Water

When water freezes, it expands in volume by about 9 percent. And it expands with tremendous force: The pressure inside pipes may go from 40 pounds per square inch to 40,000 psi! No pipe can hold that much pressure, so it breaks open. The break may occur where the ice forms, but more often, it occurs where water pressure finds a weak spot in the pipe. That may be inches or even feet from the frozen area. You might also need to shut off the electricity as well, depending on where the leaks occur and how big it is.
Open a Faucet

2. Open a Faucet

Opening a faucet after you shut off the water main will relieve any remaining pressure in the pipes.

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Call a Plumber

3. Call a Plumber

Unless you feel comfortable trying to repair a broken pipe on your own, you’re probably going to need a plumber at some point. You can, however, do several things before calling the plumber that will help reduce the impact of a broken pipe.

If your shutoff valve is on the fritz, find out how to replace a shutoff valve.

Start Getting Rid of the Water

4. Start Getting Rid of the Water

Grab the mop, buckets and a shop vacuum to start to get rid of the water because you certainly don’t want it soaking into everything else in the house. Plus, a quick clean up will reduce the chances of something getting moldy.

Find out how to prevent pipes from freezing so you don’t have to worry about a burst pipe.