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Do You Know What to Do When a Pipe Bursts?

A burst pipe is more than just a minor London Ontario plumbing problem.  Burst pipes can cause serious damage to your home and should be treated as an emergency that requires immediate assistance from your plumbing service. With that being said, the best cure for burst pipes is to prevent them. The following are some tips to prevent burst pipes and how to mitigate their damage if ever you're faced with a ruptured line.

How to Prevent Pipe Bursts in Your London Ontario Plumbing

A common cause of pipes bursting is because they freeze during the cold weather in the winter.  Here’s how to stop your pipes from freezing:

  • Know where the internal stop/tap valve is and how to turn it off.
  • Keep your home reasonably warm, even if you are out.
  • Ensure that all of the taps in your home are turned off properly, especially at night. 
  • If any pipes are located in a cabinet near an outside wall, open the cabinet doors at night to let the warmer air circulate around the pipes
  • While the weather is still warm, turn off any outside water by using the shut-off valves that are typically found in the basement or under the sinks near the outside wall.

If a pipe freezes, put hot water bottles or a thick cloth soaked in hot water over the frozen pipe.  Start the thawing process at the end of the pipe nearest the tap and work away from it.  Contact your plumbing service right away.

What to Do If Your Pipes Burst

If your pipes burst, first turn off the main water valve. If that doesn’t stop the flow of water, open all the cold taps to drain the system completely.  Next, switch off the water heating system and then turn on all hot taps to help drain the water supply. 

Next, find the break in your plumbing system.  Finding the break as soon as possible will help prevent further damage. If it’s a tiny crack in the pipe, you may be able to patch up the problem; however, this will likely only work as a temporary fix. If the damaged pipe is a main water line it will need to be dealt with by a plumbing professional, regardless of the cause or extent of the break. 

Get Help from Your Plumbing Service

If there is flooding or water damage in the home, call the experts at BEST Plumbing and Drainage to fix your London Ontario plumbing.  They will remove the water from your home and dry it out.  If flooding or water damage is the outcome of the burst pipe, then turn off the main electrical supply unit immediately.  You may want to consider calling a professional electrician to see if any of the wiring is damaged. 

Burst pipes are a common issue during every season. For help with all your plumbing problems, contact the professional plumbers at BEST today.

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