How To Handle A Burst Pipe Plumbing Emergency

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When a water pipe bursts in your home, you have a real emergency on your hands. You need to take quick action because a broken water line can send a lot of water into your home in a short amount of time. Fortunately, many plumbers offer emergency plumbing services so you can get help without too much of a delay. Here's what to do while waiting on the plumber to arrive.

Turn Off The Water Supply

You may be able to isolate the leak by turning off a valve in the kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room. However, you might have to go outside and turn off the main water valve, especially if you're not sure where the leak is coming from. Turn the water off right away to stop the influx of water and leave it off until a plumber assesses the situation.

Remove The Water

Try to keep the water from spreading all over your house by making a dam of towels oto stop it from reaching your carpet. Push the water out the door if you can or bail it out before it has a chance to do much damage. Use a wet vac if you have one, or even consider renting one to pull all the water off of the floor. Use the time you're waiting on the plumber to get your home as dry as you can. You might be able to soak up the water with towels if it's a small one, but if you have a big leak and the floor has been wet for some time, you may need to call in a water damage specialist later on to get your home dried out properly.

Remove Fabric Items

Remove upholstered items from the area before they soak up so much water they are ruined. If the leak is on a sunny day, you're in luck because you can take them outside to sit in the sun and get dry. Water is hard to get out of carpet, sofas, and chairs, so you want to keep the water away from them if at all possible. Move them and any other items that could be damaged by water to a safe place. If the carpet is soaked, you might have to pull it up too if it can't be dried out well enough with a wet vac.

Once the plumber arrives to fix the problem, one thing you want to know is why the leak occurred. If it happened because your pipes are old and corroded, then you may want to have all the pipes in your home replaced or another leak could happen at any time.

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