Burst Pipe: 7 Action Steps to Take Immediately

Burst pipes are very common and can occur both in the public system and in the home. Freezing conditions during the cold winter months is one of the most common reasons why pipes burst, which means that now is the time to start taking the necessary precautions.

It is always better to perform regular maintenance on your plumbing system to avoid issues such as burst pipes, which can lead to very extensive property damage and expensive repairs. Anta Plumbing regularly advises clients on the best ways to keep their plumbing systems in good working order, particularly ahead of the first deep freeze in winter. If you need help with winterizing your plumbing system, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Basic winterization tips include:

insulating your hot water heater with a thermal blanket.
using pipe insulation or tape on exposed pipes.
moving or insulating pipes that are on the outside of the home.
allowing warm air to circulate through your home.

No matter how well you implement precautions, sometimes you may just be unlucky when it is very cold and your pipes may still freeze. When that happens, it is important to follow the safety precautions below and to prevent damage by all means.

7 Things You Should Know About Burst Pipes

How do you tell that you have a burst pipe? Usually, there will be water everywhere and there may or may not be blockages. It is crucial that you act fast, as that will help to minimize damage and save money on repairs. Follow these steps to get the issue sorted in no time:

1. Locate and turn off the stop tap and open all other faucets in the house and outside.

2. Stay away from any electrical wiring, switches and appliances, especially on the lower levels where some fixtures may have been drenched by the water.

3. Switch of the central heating system.

4. Move valuables away from the leaking water, if you can.

5. Call Ant Plumbing. We will send out a plumber who is in your area at the time to get to your home as soon as possible.

6. Collect as much water as you can while waiting for the Anta technician. If the leak is from above the ceiling, place a bucket underneath to catch any drips. Use a broom handle to pierce the plaster, should the ceiling bulge. This will let the water through and help prevent some damage.

7. Once the leak has been repaired, it is important to air the areas that were affected by the water. Open the windows and doors, and avoid overheating the affected rooms. Leave any built-in cupboards open during the day, and place an area fan nearby.

Most of the issues caused by burst pipes, stem from water damage, mold and mildew. This can be prevented by properly drying out the affected areas. At the end of the day, the best way to prevent burst pipes, is to winterize your home before the cold weather sets in. Get in touch with Anta Plumbing today to find out how to winterize your home.

Written by Tanya Klien

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