There are different factors that can lead to burst pipes at your home. Some of the reasons include freezing, physical impact and using old pipes. Some pipe burst can be caused by wear and tear of pipes. Burst pipes can bring everything in you house into a standstill. In fact it is the worst plumbing problem that you can ever face. Apart from causing shortage of water, burst pipes can destroy some of your household items. If you are not careful about it you may be forced to spend a night outside your house just because it has been made inhabitable by burst pipes.
There is always light at the end of a dark tunnel. Pipe busts can be prevented and even after they have occurred they can be well handled.
Some tips for preventing pipe bursts.
- Keep your home warm: Cold temperatures can make flowing water in the pipes to freeze leading to pipe burst. The easiest way of dealing with this problem is by trying to keep your house warm.
- Insulate the pipes that are outside the house: Pipes that are outside the house are likely to be affected by extreme hot and cold temperatures. These two temperature ranges can make the pipes to burst. Insulators prevent the pipes from reacting to different effects of temperatures. Insulating can be done using foam or you can decide to use lagging. Every part of the pipe should be well covered including the joints and the bends.
- Bury deep in the ground: Underground pipes are at risk of being affected by the physical activities that could be happening above them. Any extreme physical activities such as digging can result to pipe bursts. If you have any underground pipes in your home ensure that they are buried deep into the ground.
- Stop any leaks: Start preparing for cold season early by dealing with leaking pipes. The same applies to pipes that may be dripping.
What to do when the pipe has burst:
In case the problem has already occurred you don’t just sit there and whine. You need to swiftly move into action and prevent further damage that could be caused by this menace. Use these tips to cut down on the effects of pipe bursts.
- Close down the main water source: Shut down the main source of water to prevent further flow of water. You will also have prevented massive wastage of water and the magnitude of damage would have been dealt with.
- Switch off all electrical devices: Water poses great danger especially if it comes into contact with electrical devices. Switch of any device that is running in your home. Water heating systems and air conditioners in your house should be switched off for safety reasons.
- Move furniture: Protect your expensive furniture from being damage by free-flowing water. Move any furniture from the affected areas and transfer them to safer rooms. Wet conditions tend to damage furniture.
- Collect dripping and leaking water: If the water is not gushing out at high pressures use buckets and any other container to collect leaking and dripping water. By doing this you will be able to keep the situation under control.
- Freshen up your home: Keep your home fresh by ensuring that there is proper circulation of air. Open the windows and the doors. Check the ventilation systems and ensure that they are in good condition.
- Call a professional plumber: Plumbers are experts in this field and can save you no matter how bad things may be. A qualified plumber will be able to find the source of the problem and give a perfect long-lasting solution.