Oh No! Pipe is broken what should i do now?
Do not panic! It is surprisingly common for a water pipe to burst.
While it may sound like an easy issue to fix, a busted water pipe can lead to chaos. A burst pipe in house or property in fact, lead to heavy financial losses as well, if not dealt with in a timely manner.
It’s important to know the right steps in order to minimize the damage. You can prevent a major disaster by following the right steps.
Let’s have a look:
Find Where The Pipe Is..
Locating the leak is not enough, you must also find the busted pipe.
The easiest way to find the location is to listen to the sound of spraying or dripping water. It will be easier to identify if the burst is outside and not within the ceiling or behind a wall.
Other than this, look for dampness on the surface. Leaks and busted pipes can cause the paint to peel off. If you find water collected on the ground, the leak must be close to it.
Look around and you will find the location of the pipe. You can take steps to prevent damage if the area is accessible. Some good options include:
- Placing a bucket nearby to collect dripping water.
- Applying tape to the damaged area.
Turn off the Main Water Connection
Do not make the mistake of turning off the main water supply until you find the location of the busted pipe. It can be very difficult to find the faulty pipe if there is no water in the pipes.
However, if you cannot identify the damaged pipe or if you’re losing water very quickly then you may turn off the main supply and call a professional to look into the matter.
Cutting water supply is important because it will prevent flooding and also save water. Moreover, it should not be a concern since you can easily turn on the supply once the damaged pipe has been repaired.
Moreover, some pipes have valves that may do the job. Understand the piping system and then take a decision.
The main shut-off stockpot is generally installed on the main line. However, there may also be small valves nearby taps and appliances that use water. Your main job is to prevent the flow of water so look for the valve or connection that controls it.
If you live in a complex then you may not have access to the main supply line. In such a scenario, you may have to get in touch with the manager and ask for the water supply to be disconnected until the problem gets fixed.
You may also have to drain the pipes to ensure there is no residue left. The easiest way to do so is to flush the toilets and open all hot and cold water faucets. Also, turn off the heating system.
There will be no leaks once all the water in the pipes has drained.
Note: consider turning off electricity to be on the safe side. Leaks behind the walls or ceiling can lead to shocks and sparks. Plus, using electrical appliances when in such conditions can also be very risky. Call 911 or fire department if you see a fire.
Get in Touch With Your Insurance Company
Your insurance company can be of great help in this regard given that your policy covers water damage. It is important to waste no time in getting in touch with the insurance company as delays can be painful.
Your insurance provider will send an agent to look at the damage and start the claims process. You should also document the scene as it can help speed up the process.
Take note of the damage and record evidence in the form of pictures and videos. This is important to increase your chances of reaching a favorable settlement. The insurance company may ask for proofs and may also have some questions so make sure to take notes of the damage. You must also keep all receipts handy as the company may require them.
Get Rid of The Mess
Clean the area once you have documented the damage. Do not let water sit for long as it can cause further damage and also put your claim at risk.
You can use a mop to dry the floor. A dry-wet vacuum can also do the job. Make sure to dry every corner to remove the risk of mold formation.
Here are a few things you can do to dry furniture and other items in the room:
- Use a dehumidifier
- Turn up the heat
- Use fans to improve air circulation
- Open windows
You can also hire a professional restoration company to remove water and secure the area.
Solve The Problems
You can solve minor problems on your own but you may have to hire a professional if it is a major issue.
It’s easy to take care of small cracks – replacing the damaged part would be enough. You will, however, need tools and skills to perform the job. It may be easier to hire a plumber to take care of things.
Plus, you may also have to hire an electrician if the damage is close to wiring and power sockets.
Take Steps to Reduce The Risk
It’s important to take preventive measures so that you do not have to deal with such problems in the future. Make sure the pipe is properly installed, the pressure is bearable, and there is no waster expansion or freezing.
Follow these tips to reduce the risk:
- Use the heating system to prevent water from freezing in the pipes. Running the thermostat at 15C (59F) for a few hours every day will do the trick.
- Drain the pipes if you are leaving the property unattended for a few days.
- Insulate pipes by using foam or pipe lagging. This can be a good trick to keep water from freezing in unheated areas.
- Leave hatches or loft doors open during winters to improve the flow of air. This can be effective in preventing water from freezing.
Do not let water freeze in the pipes. If you see such signs, use hot water to thaw it or call a professional for help.