Water pipe trouble

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A bursting water pipe is not uncommon as it can happen to any household. Damage however to the plumbing fixtures as well as to the home in general can be minimized when the homeowner knows what to do in case such thing occurs in his home. Plumbing Association of San Diego   

The Washington Post came up with an article detailing how homeowners should deal with the problem. It also assured them that such pipe burst incidents are not uncommon especially during the winter season when pipes have the tendency to freeze.

“Shut off your water and, if necessary, electricity. Go to the home’s main water valve and shut it off immediately. (And don’t wait for a burst pipe to find out where the main water valve is located.) Electricity should also be cut off to the section of the home where the water damage has occurred, Thompson said. If you live in an apartment complex and don’t have control over the building’s water supply, he added, be sure to contact your building manager or landlord.”

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Immediate action

The website Family Handyman also came up with a list of things to do upon discovering a broken pipe. Like The Washington Post, its immediate advice is to turn off the main water supply. A/C And HVAC

“Opening a faucet after you shut off the water main will relieve any remaining pressure in the pipes. Call a Plumber — Unless you feel comfortable trying to repair a broken pipe on your own, you’re probably going to need a plumber at some point. You can, however, do several things before calling the plumber that will help reduce the impact of a broken pipe.”

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Home Garden Television meantime came up with a guide for those who may want to try self-troubleshooting their own burst pipe.

“Determine a location for the valve on a water line in or near a heated area.Shut off the main valve where water comes into your home. Open the lowest fixture in your house to drain any water out. Use a pipe cutter to remove the desired section of pipe. Rotate the pipe cutter around the pipe, gradually tightening it until it cuts through. Clean any burrs off the end of the cut pipe with steel wool. Place a bucket under the cut area to catch any water remaining in the line.”

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Calling a licensed plumber remains to be the best way to deal with a broken pipe. As soon as the main valve has been shut off, it will be best to get in touch with a plumbing contractor.

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