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Burst water pipes - plumbing emergency

Burst water pipes are a plumbing emergency that must be addressed as soon as possible. Having to deal with a burst water pipe in your home can be extremely unsettling. In most cases, you may not realize the water pipe has burst right away and may be perplexed as to why there is less water in the kitchen or bathroom tap or notice that the water pressure in the pipe has dropped from time to time. All of these are symptoms of burst pipes, which are one of the most common issues that commercial and residential property owners face. Reach out today!

Burst Pipe Repair

Signs You’re Having A Burst Pipe

Check out for these red flags below that may be signs of a burst or leaking pipe:

HIGH WATER BILL

If your water bill is significantly higher than usual without any unusual activity (filling pools, watering new lawns), it may be an indicator of a broken pipe. Physical indicators such as puddles, odors, or damp drywall will usually show themselves first, but in cases when breaks remain undetected, escalated bills can help detect problems.

POOR WATER QUALITY

If there’s a discoloration in the water, and it smells, chances are there are contaminated or deteriorated pipes. We can prevent a bursting pipe in this situation by having them replaced before the condition gets worse.

UNPLEASANT ODOR

An unpleasant odor in your home can be a sign of a broken pipe. The odor is the smell of damp or mold and is a telltale sign that there may be a burst pipe behind your walls.

SINK HOLES

If you have sinkholes, or any unexplained soggy or wet areas in your yard, there may be a break in the main pipes underground. These can pose a very serious hazard for small children and animals. Call our plumbing service fast to have pipes repaired or replaced to prevent accidents, and stop the situation from getting worse.

PUDDLES

Water accumulating anywhere in your house, especially near bathrooms or kitchens, could be a sign of a burst pipe. Some may be easy to detect and see, such as pipes under the sink or the water supply to the toilet, but others may be behind walls or ceilings and require further investigation. Our experienced plumbers are on hand to provide helpful service and advice.

What You Need To Do When You Spot A Burst Pipe

The thought of coming home to burst pipes and a water leak is enough to scare any homeowner. But it’s a sad reality for many. Know what to do if a pipe bursts in your home? We consulted experts in plumbing, restoration, and insurance claims to bring you these critical first steps.

How To Turn Off Your Water Meter When You Have A Burst Pipe

Check out this video from our licensed plumber on how to turn off your water meter.

Recovering Valuables From A Water Leak

Unplug all electronics before retrieving valuables from a room with standing water. Important documents, family heirlooms, computers, and televisions should be prioritized when salvaging water-damaged items.

dry any wet areas

Remove soaked carpets and furniture. If you have no power or the water is shallow, you can dry the area with old towels, mops, and buckets. If the burst pipe flooded your house several inches or more,

toss ruined items

It’s time to get rid of anything ruined or susceptible to mold growth after the emergency cleanup and repairs are completed. Items to get rid of are:
• Submerged carpeting, rugs, and

disinfect and prevent mold growth

Everything affected by the water leak must be dried, cleaned, and disinfected. Depending on the extent of the water damage, we can suggest mold prevention and restoration options.Our expert

plan ahead to protect the rest of your home

After handling the burst pipe repair and water leak cleanup to restore your home, you may feel inspired to take additional measures that will protect the house from future damage.

Dry Any Wet Areas

Remove soaked carpets and furniture. If you have no power or the water is shallow, you can dry the area with old towels, mops, and buckets. If the burst pipe flooded your house several inches or more, use a submersible pump or a wet/dry vac. Hire or buy these from your local hardware store or Home Depot.
After cleaning up standing water, open windows and use fans and heaters to speed up the drying process. Microbials can get into your ductwork and cause further damage. If your basement is flooded by burst pipes, extra cleanup is likely required.

Toss Ruined Items

It’s time to get rid of anything ruined or susceptible to mold growth after the emergency cleanup and repairs are completed. Items to get rid of include:
• Submerged carpeting, rugs, and drywall.
• Unwashed or undried cloth or upholstered furniture.
• Submerged and damaged electronics.

If you have any doubts about an item’s safety, ask an expert to inspect it for mold or bacteria.

Disinfect and Prevent Mold Growth

Everything affected by the water leak must be dried, cleaned, and disinfected. Depending on the extent of the water damage, we can suggest mold prevention and restoration options.Our expert technicians can detect moisture behind walls and under floors, preventing mold and water damage.


Plan Ahead to Protect the Rest of your Home

After handling the burst pipe repair and water leak cleanup to restore your home, you may feel inspired to take additional measures that will protect the house from future damage.
At Sewer Surgeon, we are experts in leak detection and dealing with burst pipes fast and early. Call us now for help and we will get to you as soon as possible!

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