One of a homeowner’s worst fears is having a pipe break in their home. Not only can this be an expensive issue to correct, it has the potential to cause major damage to your home and your belongings. The moment that you realize that this has occurred, it is important to take the following steps so that you can attempt to stop as much of the damage as possible.
Cut off the Water
Before you do anything else, you will need to stop the main water supply by turning off the main stop tap. This is typically located in the area that connects the home to the main service pipe and can sometimes be found under the kitchen sink.
Find the Break
Next, you will need to find the location where the break occurred. Knowing which pipe is broken can help determine what you need to do next. For example, if you find that it is your main water pipe that has broken you will need to take special measures. However, if it is a small crack in an insignificant pipe, patchwork may suffice.
Find a Professional
It is important that you seek a professional’s assistance if there is water damage where water damage restoration may be necessary. This will be the case if you have a flood in your home where water needs to be removed and your home needs to be dried out. For safety reasons, your water supply should be shut off immediately and you should never touch anything electrical if it is wet.
File a Claim
You should begin the claim process with your homeowner’s insurance as soon as possible. Some steps that need to be taken will depend on your exact policy guidelines and you will need their guidance in order to get started properly. You should also begin documenting the damage immediately so that you will have the proper information to supply to your insurance company.
After you have had all the necessary repairs made, it will be important to educate yourself on the proper ways to prevent a broken pipe from occurring in the future. There are certain steps that you can take to help keep your pipes healthy and to make sure that your pipes do not break again in the future. You will find that preventing breaks from occurring is much more cost effective than attempting to make repairs when they do break.
Protecting your pipes during the winter is an important step so that you can avoid a broken pipe. Broken pipes can cause a lot of damage to a home and are very expensive to repair. Also, if the right steps are not followed after a pipe does break, further damage can be caused and the costs can be even greater than they were to begin with.
As a homeowner, it pays for you to protect your pipes during the winter. Make sure that you educate yourself on the proper steps to take so that you can keep your home safe from broken pipes and will never need to worry about your pipes breaking.
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