Friday, October 9, 2015

What To Do If You Have A Burst Pipe

Water damage from a burst pipe is one of the most common reasons a home or business sustains water damage. A pipe can burst for several different reasons, but some of the most common are: temperatures dropping below freezing, old rusted pipes, not having a pressure regulator and the pressure is too much for the PVC piping. These are just a few of the main causes of a pipe bursting in your home. This is the sort of disaster that can ruin an entire day, if not the next few weeks. And the unfortunate thing is that you can’t always tell if a pipe is about to burst. Sometimes you can tell that a pipe is getting a bit rusty and starting to drip. If you notice that a pipe is at risk, then you should take the necessary steps to get the pipe replaced. But what happens if a pipe bursts and you’re simply not prepared for it? That can be a thing that many people never even consider, but knowing what to do can save you a lot of time and money. It is important to understand the steps on how to deal with a burst pipe to minimize any additional damage to your home.   Step 1. Turn Off The Main Water Source This is difficult if you live in an apartment building or condo, but if you live in a house, it’s only a matter of knowing where the water main is located. And if you don’t know where your water main is, then you should take a few minutes to make sure you do. Knowing where the water main shut off is could help you save thousands of dollars in potential water damage. So the moment you see a burst pipe, shut off the water. The faster you get the water shut off can determine if you can do the work yourself or if you will need to hire a professional company like Action 1.   Step 2. Locate The Broken Pipe This isn’t always an easy task. If your floor is uneven, for example, water may have traveled quite a distance away from the source of the initial leak. When a pipe breaks or bursts, in most cases, it is behind a wall or in the ceiling. But it is important for our team to locate the break and what caused the pipe to burst in the first place. By determining what caused the pipe to break or burst enables us to be able to fix the problem so we can prevent it from happening again.   Step 3. Assess The Amount Of Water Damage If you’re lucky, you’ll have cut off the water quickly enough that there’s not a great deal of damage. However, even if it doesn’t seem like there’s a great deal of damage, you might want to be careful. Certain kinds of flooring can absorb water much more easily than others. Tile and laminate flooring can have water caught underneath […]

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  2. I just want to thank you for sharing your information and your site or blog this is simple but nice article I've ever seen i like it i learn something today. pipe rehabilitation

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  3. I appreciate your tip about hiring a professional if unable to do the work yourself. I would prefer to leave this type of repair to the septic professional. I imagine that their piping experience will cause for the job to be done correctly the first time. I will be sure to take your advice if I am ever faced with a surprise pipe bursting! http://sullivanseptic.net/

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