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6 Action Steps to Take When You Have a Ruptured Pipe

Every year, as winter approaches, Anta Plumbing plumbers warn all our clients to winterize their plumbing systems, as the cold weather causes pipes to freeze, and that makes them more prone to bursting. However, burst pipes don’t only happen in winter. A number of things can cause pipes to burst throughout the year. No matter how closely you take precautions, you can still become a victim to burst pipes.

Some of the preventative measures for burst pipes include:

Winterizing: Wrapping insulation around your pipes during winter, and letting a faucet drip during freezing temperatures can keep it flowing to prevent ice from forming.
Pipe Cleaning: Regular cleaning of the pipes in your plumbing system can help prevent blockages, which, in turn may lead to burst pipes.
Plumbing Inspection: Plumbing inspections that look at all your plumbing fixtures and pipes can help identify any bulges or leaks that may suddenly cause a pipe rupture.

Ruptured pipes often result in flooding and water damage, so it makes sense to try avoid it as much as possible. However, not all burst pipes are that obvious right away. Here are some signs of ruptured pipes and some of the things you should do when you suspect a burst pipe, after you have put in a call to Anta Plumbing to repair the pipe:

1. Be aware of the signs of a ruptured pipe

Did you suddenly experience a loss of water pressure? That’s not unusual. Even electrical faults and unusual sounds in your plumbing system can point to burst pipes. Look out for:

damp patches on floors, walls and ceilings.
soaked lawns.

2. Turn off the electricity

If you have a leak, find a wooden broomstick which you can use to switch off the electrical mains. Do not touch any electrical appliances and stay away from all sockets or light switches.

3. Switch off the water mains

If you have a burst pipe and water is gushing from somewhere, you need to find the water mains and turn it off. Once you have done that, open all the faucets in your home to allow water to seep out.

4. Dry up the home

Standing water causes a lot of damage, and can lead to mold growth. Therefore, it is important to dry up your home as soon as possible to prevent s much damage as you can.

5. Move your belongings out of the way

Moisture can negatively affect your belongings, so it is important to move any furniture and other belongings out of the affected area as soon as possible. While your insurance company may pay for some of the items, you may well have things of sentimental value that cannot be replaced.

6. Stay away from ruptured pipes in the street

When a main water pipe that supplies your street bursts, it can push out water with tremendous force. Don’t try to do anything. Simply call your local water authority to sort it out immediately.

When you call Anta Plumbing for your ruptured pipe, we will send out an emergency plumbing team right away to assist.

Written by Tanya Klien

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