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What to Do with a Burst Pipe in Your Wall

Sometimes you will notice a burst water pipe before it causes any serious damage to your home. But if the burst pipe is in a wall, you may not notice it straight away and it could cause significant damage. Signs of a burst water pipe include:

  • Fluctuating water pressure
  • A sudden increase in your water bill
  • Strange smelling, discolored water
  • A puddle of water under your sink
  • Clanging pipes

No one wants to have to deal with the hassle of a burst pipe in the wall. But if you find you have one, there are some things you should do while you’re waiting for Lucid Plumbing to arrive.

Steps to Take if you Have a Burst Pipe

The most important thing to do when you find you have a burst pipe is to act very quickly.

  1. Turn Off Your Water: Shut your water off a soon as possible to minimize water damage. Typically your water main will be located inside your house, in a utility room, or the kitchen. Once you’ve turned the water off, turn on your faucets to drain any water from the pipes and flush the toilet. This should prevent any more water leaking from the burst pipe.
  1. Find the Burst Pipe: If you think the pipe has been leaking for a while, look for signs such as damp patches, building ceilings, or wet floors. Place bucket to catch any drips. The burst needs to be dealt with straight away.
  1. Call a Professional: Once you have located it, it’s time to call our team at Lucid plumbing. You should avoid trying to fix it yourself. An experienced, professional will have liability insurance. This means that if the repair fails, he has the responsibility to put it right.
  1. Document the Damage: If the damage is extensive or severe, you should take photographs of all the affected areas so that you can make an insurance claim. If you are not sure exactly what your insurance policy covers, you can consult your local public adjuster. They will usually answer your questions for free.
  1. Clean up the Mess: Dry any wet areas as soon as possible to avoid the growth of mold. If there is standing water, unplug and remove any electronic items. Remove soaked furniture and carpets and if possible, put them outside to dry. You can use a wet/dry vac to remove residual water. Keep doors and windows open as much as possible. If the water is up to two or three feet deep, you will need pumps to remove it from your home. Once the water is removed, use fans, dehumidifiers, and space heaters to dry the area thoroughly.

Contact Lucid Plumbing at the first sign of a burst pipe in your home. Our expert plumbers will be there in no time to assess the problem, fix the burst, and prevent further damage.

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