How to Avoid Water Damage from Burst Pipes

a burst pipe

What causes a pipe to burst? Well, in the cases of countries that experience extremely cold weather, there are two reasons or causes that get your pipes to burst.

Water Pressure

Be it a clogged toilet or strong water flow, your pipes can only take a certain amount of pressure. Too much water buildup in the pipes will cause them to expand and may lead the pipes to burst; to avoid such events, have your pipes routinely inspected and maintained.

Freezing Climate

When the temperature reaches below zero, your pipes will freeze if you were unable to have them winterized. In extremely low temperatures, your pipes and the water that flows in them will freeze. However, though the liquid is frozen inside, it is still possible for water to still flow. When the flowing liquid is met by the ice that was formed in the pipes, it will cause them to expand thus, bursting from high pressure.

Avoiding burst pipes can be simple when precautionary measures were done before the actual incident. However, how will you face a problem caused by burst pipes when the incident is happening in the here and now?

What to Do When your Pipes Begin to Burst

When water pipes burst, your initial action is to stop the water from spraying out; you do not want to let the water keep flowing because you want to reduce the number of primary and secondary damages as much as possible. However, shutting off the water source is still not enough to consider the situation solved. Here are a few things you should consider doing to ensure the safety of your home and your family.

Act Fast!

Prolonging or ignoring the situation will only make it worse. Small leaks are early signs of burst pipes and patching them up will delay or even stop your pipes from bursting. Turning off your water and heater supply quickly will prevent a flooding event from entering your home.

Turn off Your Electricity

Hanging wires and exposed electrical sockets can lead to disastrous situations if water makes contact; fires, electrocution, and blackouts are some of the most common dangers. Turning off your electric supply will prevent that from even happening.

Call in the Professionals

Patching up a burst pipe is not a do-it-yourself kind of job. The problem is big, dangerous, and is in dire need of an expert’s touch. After you have ensured that you have stopped the water from rushing out the broken pipe, be sure to call in the professionals for an immediate fix.

If you are experiencing a burst pipe right now, All County DKI is just a phone call or a click away. Dial: 888-616-6811 or visit our contact page at any time for a professional cleanup today!

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