Do you have a plan of action in place if a pipe bursts in your home? As a homeowner, it’s important to always expect the unexpected. Here at our agency, we want to provide our customers with the protection they need, but only in case they need it. We also strive to protect our customers by staying prepared for anything, including pipes bursting. Today, we want to review what to do if a pipe bursts in your home and how you can prevent pipes from bursting, this way you can stay free from these types of claims on your homeowner’s insurance policy.
How to Prevent Bursting Pipes
It’s best to know what you should in case of an emergency, but let’s start with preventing emergencies altogether. To prevent pipes from bursting in your home, you can:
- If it’s extremely cold outside, leave one of your kitchen faucets running throughout the day at a slight trickle to prevent the pipes from freezing.
- Try to direct any warm air in your home to colder areas in your home. Pipes that freeze are often located near a window or wall connected to the outside.
- If your kitchen’s sink is connected to a wall/window attached to the outside, try opening your kitchen cabinets throughout the day to allow warm air to flow into the cabinets where the pipes are located.
- Always disconnect your garden hoses from the outside faucets when you are done using them, otherwise water can leak out into the hose bib and can freeze, resulting in a break.
- Seal off any leaks in your home that can allow cold air through that’s nearby to any pipes in your home.
- In any areas of your home where water lines are located, try to keep the temperature above 32 degrees if possible.
- If you’re still concerned, definitely call a professional plumber or water supply business. We suggest looking into our local partners over at Aqua Pump for problems with your water tank, or give Ron’s Plumbing a call for any plumbing issues.
What to do if a Pipe Bursts
Since we are in the winter, if your pipes freeze over, then you’re at much more risk of one bursting. It’s best to know how to handle the situation before it hits you, so here’s what you should do if one of your pipes burst:
- Shut off your water supply, first and foremost. Even if you’re unsure of whether or not a pipe has actually burst, or simply don’t know where leaking water is coming from, it’s always best to start by killing the water supply. Typically, you’ll find it under your kitchen sink, or wherever the main service pipe connects to your house. Once it’s off, you’ll have to drain your pipes. To do this, simply run cold water on all your faucets in your home. Additionally, you should probably give each toilet in your home a quick flush too. After that, shut off the water heater, and run the hot water in your sinks too to be sure to drain that supply as well. At this point, the leak should have stopped.
- Next up, locate the pipe, and see how bad the damage is. Make sure to check out the details of the location of the pipe and what you’ll need before running out to your local Home Depot or Lowe’s.
- Next you’ll need to repair the burst pipe. If you have a crack or rupture in one of the smaller pipe (if it’s a non-main pipe) then the repair can be pretty simple. You could patch it with commercial tape or a chemical bonding agent. Be sure to keep an eye on that patch over time though, because if the pipe bursts later on then you’ll have another problem. If it’s a main pipe, it may be best to hire a professional to take a look at the damage for you.
- Finally, hire a professional drying crew. If water from the burst pipe got to the ceilings, walls, or floors in your home, then that is an open invite for a mold infection. It’s best to take care of this sooner than later, so you won’t need to worry about mold abatement later on.
Making Sure You’re Properly Covered
While it’s critical to take preventive measures against pipes bursting in your home, you simply can’t be prepared for everything. That’s why our agency promises to ensure your peace of mind when you discuss your coverage with one of our professional agents. To make sure that you’re protected against bursting pipes on your homeowner’s insurance, or if you need to open up a new policy, we can get you started today!