Pipe ruptures are among the worst problems a plumbing system can deal with. They’re essentially large leaks, with the potential to cause immense amounts of water damage in a short amount of time. Most often, homeowners notice that they have a pipe rupture when part of their carpet becomes a bog, or when they notice a waterfall on their stairs. If you have a pipe rupture in your home, stay calm and follow the steps below.
Turn Off Your Water
All homes have a water shutoff valve located somewhere in their system, designed to cut off all water flow into the plumbing in-case of emergencies just like this. Find the shutoff valve for your system, and close it. This should prevent water from flowing to the rupture, which will also do a lot to limit the water damage. You won’t be able to use the rest of your plumbing system, either, but at least you won’t have to worry about things getting worse.
Clean Up the Affected Area
Once you’ve stopped the flow of water to the rupture, you should mop up the surrounding area and remove any furniture or other objects that might be susceptible to water damage. This will also make the rupture itself more easily accessible, which will help your plumber out a bit when they get there.
Call for Emergency Repairs
Emergency plumbing repairs are not a universal service, unfortunately. Still, a pipe rupture is not something that can wait for an appointment. Once you have done all you can, call for emergency repair services so you can get your plumbing system up and running again as quickly as possible.