When a pipe bursts in your home it is a plumbing emergency and calling it an emergency is not hyperbole. Water damage can lead to expensive repairs and restorations, and in the worst cases create an ideal spot for mold growth. For these reasons, and many more, know how to react when a pipe bursts in your home.
First things first, you need to stop the flow of water, which means finding your main valve and shutting off the water. Often, this valve is in your basement. If you do not know where your main shutoff valve is, now is the time to figure it out, and not after a pipe burst.
With the water supply shut off, your next step is to remove any water still inside those pipes. To drain your pipes, start by flushing all the toilets in your house. Then you should run the cold water in each sink until they run dry.
There is still more water you want to drain out, and that means getting to your water heater and shutting it down. Once that is off, repeat the previous step, but run the hot water this time instead of the cold.
This next step is situational. Depending on where the pipe is located or where the water is leaking, you need to turn off the electricity in your home. Water conducts electricity, which can cause serious problems for you and your family.
After you are certain that there is no more water in the pipes, and that your home is safe from the danger of electric current, you can begin the search for the burst pipe. A large break will be obvious, but smaller pipes can have smaller breaks, making the search difficult. Some signs you should look for include bulging ceilings, pooling water on the floor, or water beneath the sink.
Small leaks can sometimes be fixed with minimal resources, but you need to be certain that this problem is solved. It is strongly recommended to call your plumber to help assess the damage. You can also trust your plumber to identify the cause of the burst pipe or leak, and can guide you on how to prevent that issue in the future.
If the leak was not extreme, then you may clean up after it yourself. Larger problems may need a larger effort, which means calling a restoration company. In either case, the cleanup needs to be thorough to ensure that there are no hidden spots for mold to grow.
Like many emergencies, one key thing to remember when a pipe bursts is to not panic. While shutting off the water should be your first step, the second thing you should do is call Kellermeier Plumbing at 616-866-5134. At Kellermeier Plumbing, we pride ourselves on being honest and upfront with our customers and strive to provide our clients with the highest level of service.