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What to Do If a Pipe Bursts at Home

Owning a home can be extremely expensive, especially if it’s an older home that needs constant repairs. One common problem among mature homes is the corrosion of pipes. Over time, the water pressure in your plumbing system can begin to wear down your pipes and make them more susceptible to bursting. If you’ve ever had a pipe burst, you know what a hassle it can be and how expensive the damages are. A busted pipe can threaten the structural integrity of your home, and even if your health.

If a Pipe Bursts, Do This

Continue reading to learn 3 simple steps of what to do if you have a pipe or plumbing fixture burst in your home.

Step 1: Turn Off the Water Supply

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The first thing you should do if you notice water leaking from a busted pipe is turn off the water. You want to do this by turning off the water main, which is normally located under your kitchen sink or where the main water supply pipe is attached to your home. It’s important that every member of your family knows where the water shut-off valve is just in case of emergencies. After you turn off the main water valve, you’ll need to make sure there’s no more water left in the pipes. You can do this by turning on all the faucets and flushing all the toilets in your home. You will also want to turn off your hot water heater and make sure there is no more running water coming from any of your tops or bathrooms. This will help stop the leaking water from flooding your home.

Step 2: Locate the Problem

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After you have drained your pipes of all remaining water, you want to try to locate the busted pipe as best you can. Depending on the size and location of the damaged pipe, it may be difficult to fix the pipe yourself. For smaller, less intensive pipes, you may be able to run to the hardware store and find a simple fix. If the busted pipe is a larger part of your plumbing system, you will want to call a professional to help properly fix the issue so that it doesn’t happen again.

Step 3: Bring in Backup

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Your plumbing system is an extensive network of pipes that goes throughout the structure of your entire home. A busted pipe can occur in your walls, ceiling, floors, and basement. Flooding in any of these areas can cause severe water damage to the internal structure of your home and leave you with an expensive mess. In the case of a busted pipe, it’s important that you call a professional plumbing company as soon as possible to help fix the issue before it gets any worse. The company chooses to contract should be able to help with water restoration, in which they help dry out the flooded areas to avoid mold, mildew, and other potential issues. They will also know how to properly turn off any electrical components associated with the problem area so that there are no other threats to your safety.

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Pipe burst? No problem! ACE Home Services is here for all of your plumbing needs. Whether it’s a leaking sink or flooded basement, we can tackle any job! Call the professional plumbers at ACE today at (602) 943-2000) or click here to schedule an appointment and let us help you get your home back in top condition. You can always trust your place with ACE!