Burst pipe inside your home?
Nothing spells a household catastrophe quite like burst pipes inside the home. It’s the scene of utter disaster with the sound of water gushing, uncontrollable spraying, flooding, soggy belongings and panic all-round. Early detection, quick thinking and a fast response is what is required in such a situation. So what do you do if you have a burst pipe inside your home?
- Don’t panic – You need a clear head to act in emergency situations, and becoming overly frantic will not help the cause or more specifically your carpet!
- Stop the water flow immediately – this will prevent further water damage to surrounding areas. Locate your meter box, which you will normally find at the front of the house around the fence or gate area. There will be a tap or lever to turn off the main supply of water into the home. By turning this tap off, you will stop the flow of water inside the home completely. It’s around now you will start to feel a slight sense of calm as you make you way back inside to examine the extent of the damage.
- Locate the source of the problem – try to identify where the leak is coming from and what has caused it. This may also help identify if there is the potential for additional pipes bursting in similar circumstances.
- Repair the burst pipe – pick up the phone and a call a licensed plumber. It is important for a professional repair job to be carried out to correctly fix the issue and avoid further problems. Being without water is not great, so the sooner the problem can be professionally fixed, the sooner life can return to normal.
- Dry the area – there are also professional companies that can assist if the area is excessively flooded. Ensure as much ventilation as possible to the area by opening all doors and windows and turning all fans on. You may be able to extract some water using equipment like a sump pump, wet-dry vacuum or depending on the area perhaps even a dehumidifier will assist. Removing any portable wet items outside to air, and getting the area as dry as possible is really important to minimise further damage with mould and mildew.
- Review the damage – if the water damage is excessive you may be able to look at your insurance policy to see if any such costs are retrievable.
Burst water pipes can unexpectedly happen at any time. So don’t wait until your home is a disaster and you suddenly are the owner of an indoor swimming pool you hadn’t exactly planned on, locate exactly where your meter box is and how you would go about turning off the water supply in an emergency.