When a pipe bursts, it can cause a lot of water damage to the home. It is important to know the steps to take to prevent or lessen damage in the event of this plumbing emergency . Here are three things to do after a pipe bursts:
Shut Off Water
When a pipe bursts, shut the water off immediately using the house’s shutoff valves. There are two main shutoff valves to locate. The first is a curb stop, and it is usually near the property line. It is found in a capped cylinder called the curb box. The other valve is located in the home, next to the water meter. Any other valves are usually near plumbing appliances, such as toilets and sinks. Keep the main valve in working condition to ensure that it will easily turn off in the event of a plumbing emergency. Do this by turning valves periodically to combat corrosion buildup.
Find Main Electrical Supply
After turning off the water, find the main electrical supply and turn it off as well. Doing this will prevent any water damage to the electrical circuit and appliances. If water reaches the electrical circuit, it could be extremely dangerous. If it is dark and the main electrical power was not turned off, it is important to turn off each individual switch to prevent any issues. After turning off the electrical supply, enter the home and make sure all faucets are closed. A way to drain away water is to flush all toilets. Once each of these steps is complete, the water should begin receding.
Call For Help
If the main valve doesn’t work in the event of a plumbing emergency, call the local Public Works Department. They will be able to turn off the water in the house. Select a trusted plumber to repair and replace any burst pipes in the home.
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