Exploring Emergency Plumbing Services

2 Steps For Dealing With A Busted Pipe In Your Home

by April Rivera

If you discover a busted pipe in your house, you need to take immediate action to keep the deluge of water from flooding your home. Even before you call a professional, take the following steps to deal with the pipe and keep the water from destroying your house.

1.  Take Steps to Prevent Further Water Damage

As soon as you notice the broken pipe,  you need to stop the flow of water. If you have a shutoff valve located next to the damaged pipe, such as under your kitchen sink or behind the toilet, try turning it off first. If the valve does not stop the water, you will need to turn off the main valve for your house.

If you have someone home with you while you are trying to deal with the water pouring out of the pipe, have them turn the valve off while you deal with the immediate water flow. Use buckets, pans, or any other container that you have nearby to catch the water until the valve is turned off. However, if you are alone, throw a container under the pipe, then turn off the valve yourself.

2.  Drain the Pipes

Even if you have turned off the main water valve, the pipes in your house will still have water inside of them. And, since water flows through the path of least resistance, there is a good chance that a majority of the water will head toward the pipe and continue to spill out.

To help keep this from happening, you will need to drain out as much of the water in your home's pipes as possible. Do this by turning on all of the faucets in your home, including the ones located in your shower or bathtub. The water will be redirected and exit through these open valves instead of trying to empty out through the break in the pipe.

Once you have done this, however, you will still have some water coming out of the broken pipe. Keep a container underneath it to catch the water, and have a second one handy so you can replace and empty the full one.

Once you have dealt with the immediate crisis of having water pouring into your house, you need to have a plumber come to your home as soon as possible. Contact a business that offers 24-hour plumber services, such as Preferred Plumbing & Drain, explain the situation, and schedule an emergency service call to have the damaged pipe repaired so you do not have to go too long without water in your home.