What to Do When a Pipe Bursts in Your Home

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It’s one of the most disastrous events that can happen to your home plumbing system. A pipe bursts, and water begins flooding your home, and fast. Do you know how to react? Be prepared by following our tips for what to do when you experience a burst pipe in your home.

  • Shut off the water: The first thing you should do to get the leak under control is to shut off the water throughout the home. The water main shutoff valve is likely located in the basement, and you should always know its location in case you need it.
  • Collect the water: Set down towels and buckets in order to catch the water. If you notice that the ceiling is bubbling, it’s a good idea to use a broom handle to break open the ceiling and keep the flooding from spreading.
  • Move your belongings: Be sure to move any valuables that may suffer damage from a flood in your home.
  • Turn off the power if necessary: If the flooding approaches any electrical outlets or large electronics, you may want to shut off the power to a single area of the home or to the entire house using the circuit breaker.
  • Drain the plumbing system: You can reduce flooding to some extent by getting the remaining water out of your plumbing system so that it cannot leak out into your home. Once the water is shut off, open up all of the faucets in your home and allow the rest of the water to move into the tubs and sinks.
  • Fix the leak: Finally, it’s important to call a plumber to your home ASAP to get the leak fixed. You may want to make a call to your insurer first, however, to see whether the damages are covered.

Call APC Plumbing & Heating for piping services in Littleton, CO. We can help you prevent pipes from bursting or freezing or repair or replace a broken pipe for you. We have someone in your neighborhood today.


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