Burst Pipe and what to do
A burst pipe can create serious water damage to your home and belongings. As soon as you learn that you have a burst pipe at home, consider it an emergency and follow the steps below immediately to mitigate water damage.
Stop the Water Flow
Shut off the main water supply by turning off the main stop tap, which is usually either in the area where the main service pipe connects to the home or under the kitchen sink. It is best to ensure that everyone in your family knows where the main stopcock is located and how to turn it off in case of a burst pipe emergency.
Let the pipe drain out the water by turning on all cold taps. Switch off the water heating system and then turn on all hot taps to help in draining the water supply system. Also, flush all toilets. All leaks should stop once there is no more water running from the taps.
Find the Break in the Burst Pipe
Locating exactly where the burst pipe is, should be done immediately to prevent further damage. Once you’ve found the burst pipe, you’ll know what you have to do next. For instance, if it’s a tiny crack, patching it up may fix the problem for a while. Also, consider which pipe has burst. If the damage is in the main water pipe, it needs to be repaired and dealt with carefully regardless of the cause or size of the break.
If there has been leakage in the house for some time, be careful when entering rooms. Pay attention to the ceilings because if they appear to bulge, it means it is holding loads of water and could cave in any moment. If you’ve noticed the leak right away, place a bucket underneath to catch the drip.
If the burst pipe is from the Geyser, turn off the stop valve in the Geyser, turn on all hot taps to drain the system, turn off the power to the Geyser until the burst pipe has been attended to by a plumber
Burst Pipe Get Professional Help
Call a reliable professional plumber at Electrician in Cape Town Plumbing Services on 067-071-9472 to fix or replace burst pipes and a trusted electrician to repair any damaged electrical wiring. Attempting to do the repairs and restoration on your own can be dangerous or cause further damage so it is best to let the experts do the work.
Submit an Insurance Claim
When incidents like emergency water damage happen, it is best to contact your insurance company immediately to begin your homeowner’s insurance claim. Your insurance agent will advise you what steps you should take for your policy. He or she will certainly give you a visit to assess the damage. Documentation of the damage is very important and you can do this right away while waiting for the insurance agent if you have a digital camera or video camera at home.
Common causes of burst pipes:
Degraded and old pipes
Water pressure issues
Weak points on your pipes