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What To Do If A Pipe Bursts This Winter

by Roberto Garza

When winter approaches in your first year in your new home, there are many winter weather scenarios that you may be concerned about. While you can easily purchase ice melt for slick sidewalks and driveways, and a snow shovel for getting out of the house after a big storm, some other possibilities are not so easy to deal with. One such issue is if a pipe in your home bursts this winter due to freezing. Get to know how you can deal with such issues and you will be well on your way to being prepared for anything.

Know Where Your Water Shutoff Valves Are

First and foremost, if a pipe bursts in your home, you will need to act quickly to minimize the water damage that will occur to your home. If you are lucky enough to be home at the time it occurs, then it will be important to get to your water shutoff valves as soon as possible and shut the water supply to your house.

Familiarize yourself with you home's plumbing and know where and how to shut off the water to your home. As soon as you notice the problem, turn off all of the water as soon as you can. Then you can deal with all of the other issues at hand.

Deal With The Pipe and Cleanup

The next step in the process is to call a plumber to have them repair your pipe. While you wait for the plumber, you can start trying to get the water out of your home and begin the early cleanup stages of your home.

Soak up as much excess water as possible with a mop, old towels, rags, or the like and fill buckets with the water to take it outside to dump. If you have a sump pump, you will want to get that going as well. Once the water is removed, you will want to run fans to finish drying out your home and possessions.

After the plumber comes and fixes the pipe, you can then have a professional service come in and finish your water damage cleanup and restorations to ensure that you do not have mold growth or rot in your home. Once your pipe is fixed, wrap all of your exposed pipes and plumbing fixtures with insulation to prevent future issues.

For more information, contact CDM Cesspool Service or a similar company.