What To do In Case of a Burst Water Pipe
Hi there, it’s Kyle from Clearview Plumbing and Heating. I heard a story the other day about a person who had a flood in their basement due to a burst water pipe. It made me think that I should share what you should do in case of burst water pipe.
Out of all the plumbing disasters, one of the most frightening is probably a blown out pipe. Burst water pipes cause a great deal of damage to a home in a short period of time and also have long term effects such as mold and water damage to the structure of the home. We here at Clearview hope that this will never happen to you, but if it does, it’s good to have some information on hand.
Burst water pipes are caused by a number of things, though by far the most common in Calgary is a frozen water pipe where water is forced to try to bypass the frozen portion and end up bursting the pipes instead. Pressurized water in the pipes is very strong; about 55 pounds per square inch. In comparison, Earth’s atmosphere exerts only about 14.6 pounds per square inch. This is a lot of pressure exerted on the pipes and if there is too much, the pipes burst. When this happens, there is a sudden gush of water pouring out of the burst without warning and some people don’t even realize it happened until the water abruptly stops.
There are a number of steps to take when you have a burst water pipe and the first is to calm down! Then, before you even call the plumber, you should shut off the main water valve, usually located in front of the house. A ball valve need only be turned one quarter around in order to shut off the water supply. Older gate valves are turned clockwise: Right tighty, Lefty loosy!’
You could also turn off the water at the meter if you don’t have access to your water valve. You’ll need a meter key from the hardware store and make sure that you will understand how to shut off the water at the meter. Use your meter key in the same place where your local company rep goes to read the meter each month. You won’t be able to fix the problem, but a lot of clean-up can be saved by doing the groundwork for the plumber.
You should also make sure to turn off your water heater by using a gas caulk or adjusting the control unit to set on pilot. This is important because you don’t want the water heater to burst! Finally, drain the pipes by opening up the hose faucets outside. Now you’re ready to call the plumber to find and replace the burst water pipe.
Panicking is a good way to make a serious problem even worse. By taking steps to shut off your water properly and shut off your water heater, you can set the foundation for your plumber to come in and more easily fix the problem at the source which saves time and money.
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