While dealing with a burst pipe may seem like a straightforward process, being awoken in the middle of the night by a plumbing emergency can easily leave you feeling disorientated, overwhelmed, or unsure as to what you should do next. Swift action is essential for limiting the scope of a plumbing emergency and ensuring that repair costs can be kept as low as possible. Knowing what steps to take when dealing with a burst pipe will go a long way towards ensuring you are better prepared to protect your home and belongings.
Addressing Any Safety Hazards
A burst pipe can pose a more serious safety hazard than many homeowners realize. Water that has come into contact with an electrical outlet, wiring, or even a home appliance may cause an electrical short. Disconnecting power to the affected area from the fuse or breaker box is a wise precaution but often the safest choice is to call in professionals.
Shut Off the Water Supply
Turning off the supply of water to the pipe or fixture where the leak is occurring should be done without delay. The total volume of water that may be released from a burst pipe can be substantial and turning off the flow as quickly as possible will go a long way towards minimizing any damages. Locating your home's water main and ensuring that you know how to shut off the flow of water should the need arise can make a critical difference in the event of an emergency.
Call the Professionals
The tools, know-how, and other resources that only an experienced professional may be able to bring to the table can often be a critical asset. Even the most accomplished homeowners often lack the expertise to deal with a plumbing emergency on their own. Calling in the professionals immediately rather than waiting for the start of business hours to report the problem is always a smarter choice.
Swift Action Makes a Difference
The water introduced into a room or interior environment through a burst pipe can damage furnishings, compromise the integrity of floors, drywall, and other construction materials as well creating the ideal conditions for a mold or mildew infestation. Being caught by surprise by a burst pipe or not knowing which steps to take in order to deal with a plumbing emergency can complicate the situation, compound the damages or leave you with a larger cleanup and repair bill. Taking prompt action is absolutely essential in terms of limiting the scope of the problem and minimizing the risk of water damage to the home.
Professionals who are able to offer round-the-clock repair services can be key assets when dealing with a plumbing-related emergency. If you find yourself awoken by a burst pipe in the middle of the night, FP Property Restoration can help.