What to Do If a Water Pipe Bursts

Our plumbing experts wanted to share advice on what to do if a water pipe actually bursts while you’re home. Extreme cold weather raises the risk of frozen pipes. When water in a pipe freezes, enormous pressure is exerted on the pipe, which can lead to a rupture. Read how to prevent frozen pipes here.

If a water pipe bursts, hundreds of gallons of water can be released within an hour. To prevent further damage, the first thing you need to do is to shut off the main water valve right away. Everyone in your home should know where the main valve is located and how to turn it off. Test the valve as soon as you can to make sure it can be turned off in an emergency. (Turn it clockwise several times). You should also clearly mark it “main water.”

Finding the valve

The main water valve is usually located in the basement or utility room. However, we’ve had situations where customers have remodeled these areas and inadvertently hidden the valve from view. If that’s the case, we can relocate it for you to ensure you always have easy access.

Please keep Carroll Home Services in mind the next time you need help from a plumbing expert. We can diagnose, repair or install any type of plumbing system for your home. So whether you’re remodeling your home, need a new water heater installed or just need a simple faucet repair, Carroll Home Services’ master plumbers will get the job done right for you.

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