A burst pipe can cause serious damage to both your home and belongings. As soon as you discover a burst pipe at your property you should act fast in order to reduce damage caused by water. Follow these simple steps below if you discover a burst pipe.
Turn Water Off
Turn the main supply of water off by using the stop tap. This can usually be found under the kitchen sink or where the main service pipe connects to your property. It is a good idea to make sure everyone in your household knows where this is located so it can be dealt with quickly no matter who is home.
Once this is done turn on all cold taps to drain the water from the pipe. Then turn the water heating off and drain all the hot taps to allow water to drain from the water supply system. You should then flush all toilets in your property. Once all water has drained from the running taps the leaks should stop.
Identify The Break
Finding where the pipe hast burst is an important step and should be done as soon as possible to reduce further damage. Once you have found the break you can seal it off as best you can to provide a short-term fix to the problem. If you suspect, it may have been leaking for some time then you should approach the area of the leak with caution as floors or ceilings cold potentially cave. If you have found the leak as soon as it has started place a bucket under the drip to prevent any further water damage.
Call In A Professional
Call out a professional plumber to come and repair or replace the burst pipe. You will also need to call out various other professional to fix any other damage caused by the water such as an electrician for the electrics and a water damage restoration company to come and dry out your home and remove any water. Attempting to repair the damage on your own can be dangerous and you could end up making the problems worse so its best to leave it to the professionals.
Call Your Insurer
You should contact your insurer as soon as possible after you have discovered the burst pipe. Make sure that you document damage thoroughly, you can do this by using a digital camera to take photos or a smart phone. When you speak to the insurer they will go through the necessary steps with you and likely arrange a visit to your home to assess the damage further.
If a pipe has burst at your home or business and you need a professional plumber to come and repair the damage then contact Vortex Gas today – 0151 523 7243