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What You Should Do When a Pipe Bursts

image-of-leaking-waterA burst pipe is one of the worst emergency plumbing repairs in Des Moines, IA that you’re likely to run into. That’s why you always want the phone number to a great emergency plumber on hand—someone who can come to the rescue no matter the time of day or night. Our plumbers offer 24/7 service so you’ll have the professional plumbing help you need when you need it.

Calling for a plumber isn’t the only thing to take care of when you’ve got a burst pipe in your home’s plumbing. There are other steps to take to help stop flooding and alleviate potential water damage. The water damage is the longest-lasting effect of a burst pipe, and you want to prevent as much of it as possible.

ONE: Shut off the water main

As soon as you notice water coming from the burst pipe, shut off the valve of the water main to the house to stop any more water from flowing out of the pipe. If you don’t know where the valve is, go find it now so you’ll know where to go in case of a plumbing emergency. Make sure other residents of the house know the location as well. (We recommend having an automatic shut-off valve installed so you don’t have to worry about stopping the water yourself.)

TWO: Shut off the electricity

If the pipe burst is near electrical outlets or other electrical equipment, shut off power at the breaker panel to avoid high voltage shocks.

THREE: Open up faucets

A pipe burst often occurs because of a spike in pressure in the pipes. To remove that pressure, open up the taps on the faucets. Let the water still inside them dribble out.

FOUR: Call our emergency plumbers

Now that you’ve gotten a handle on the immediate situation, it’s time to call on the local professionals to replace the pipe.

FIVE: Begin to clean up the water.

Get a mop and buckets. If you have a shop vac, now is the time to use it.

You want to try to remove as much water as you can while waiting for the plumbers to arrive. This helps prevent water damage from getting a toehold on your property.

SIX: Raise the temperature

Turn on the heat in the house (provided you still are using electricity) and open up doors to the affected area. This will help dry the area out and reduce potential water damage.

And that’s it—anything else and we would be getting into “do-it-yourself” territory, which isn’t where you want to be when it comes to handling a major plumbing repair! Our plumbers will arrive and take care of fixing the burst pipe. Usually, this requires us to cut out the burst section, fit in a new copper pipe sleeve, and finally solder it firmly into place. We’ll make sure the best possible job is done so the burst pipe won’t come back and you won’t have leaks.

Golden Rule Plumbing, Heating & Cooling serves the Des Moines and Grimes, IA Metro Area. If you want a Service Provider who will treat you and your home like their own, call us today.

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