There are few household emergencies more frustrating and overwhelming than a busted water pipe. Not only do you have to worry about having the pipe itself repaired, but the water that leaks can cause big problems around your home. So, what should you do if you are faced with this dilemma? We've put together a step-by-step guide to help.
I Have Busted Pipe, Now What?
1. Shut off the Water - In most cases, this means turning off water from the main at the street. If you do not have access to this personally, contact your city or county to have it shut off. Getting the flow of water stopped ASAP is always the first step.
2. Locate the break - See if you can find where the break has occurred. Then, you can determine if this is a simple fix or something that will require expert assistance. For instance, a small pipe under a kitchen sink may be an easy fix while a major pipe leading into your home will often require extra attention.
3. Repair the Pipe or Have it Repaired - Some pipes may be able to be repaired, others may need replacement. While everyone likes to save money with a DIY project, it may be more economical to hire a professional for a job like this. When the pipe is repaired or replaced, think about what caused the break so you can avoid having a repeat performance in the future.
4. Clean and Dry Your Home - The real damage from a burst pipe can occur days or weeks after the event. This damage occurs in the form of mold and mildew. Make sure you clean up all water and consider hiring a professional drying crew for those enormous jobs. Working with a professional in this case will save you time and money in the long run.
Remember, you don't have to deal with a busted pipe alone. Contact us and let Stahl Plumbing help! We offer 24 hour plumbing services to help you with any emergency. Whether you need help right now, or you want to talk to a master plumber about your future renovation project, Stahl Plumbing is always here for you.