A burst main water line is a nightmare scenario for any homeowner or property owner but is a reality for many, especially during the winter months. There are many preventative steps that can reduce the likelihood of a devastating burst pipe, but what about after the fact? What do you do next if your main water line has burst and you have already called for a local plumber? This article brought to you by Mr. Rooter Plumbing of New Jersey will go over some things you can do to reduce the damage. If you have any questions or concerns, or if you would like to hire a certified plumber, then call Mr. Rooter Plumbing now as we have live representatives on standby 24/7/365.
Shut Off the Water
It sounds like common sense, but it is easy to forget when you are in a panic. The first thing you want to do when a pipe bursts is head to your water shutoff valve and shut it off quickly. If you do not know where it is, then check the property inspection report that you received when purchasing your report. Typically, the main water shutoff valve is either in the basement or on the perimeter of the house. Find the valve and turn the water off immediately.
Drain the Faucets
A main water line will burst if there is excessive pressure in the pipes. This is often cause by frozen water in the pipe. When water freezes, its volume expands by almost 10 percent. So, to combat this, you will have to work to reduce the pressure in the pipes. First, relieve extra pressure by draining all faucets. Turn on all of the cold-water faucets and flush toilets several times. Next, turn off the water heater and drain all of the hot water taps as well.
As we mentioned, frozen pipes are the usual suspects for burst pipes. Reduce pressure by working to melt the ice in the pipes. You can do this by turning up the thermostat in the house, opening cupboard doors that house pipes, and warming exposed pipes with a hairdryer.
Clean Up the Mess
Once you have contained the damage, you should transition into cleaning mode. Grab a mob, bucket, and shop vacuum to start getting rid of the water. Leaving this water can cause costly water damage, which brings us to another point. You should document all damage to the property as well as your personal belongings. Take photos and videos as proof and evidence for when you file your insurance claim. This can be the difference between having the insurance company cover damages and paying for the repairs out of pocket.
Call the Professionals
If you have not already, then call the professionals at Mr. Rooter Plumbing to request an urgent dispatch by a certified plumber. Mr. Rooter Plumbing of New Jersey is proud to be available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, so do not hesitate to call. Our live representatives are on standby to take your call now.