A pipe just burst; what do I do?
Pipe bursts are emergencies that can’t be put off. Often, when a pipe breaks, it’s somewhere you can’t see and it might take some time before you even notice a problem. When there’s one in a visible area, however, act fast! By addressing the issue as soon as possible, you can mitigate damage to your property. Shut off the water source if possible, then call a plumbing contractor if you’re in the Vancouver WA area. With anytime availability, including nights and holidays, call us whenever you need help. Simply tell us your emergency situation, and we’ll head right over. Our professional plumbers are experienced with all types of plumbing issues including pipe bursts and main water line repair and will make sure the job’s done right.
Follow these steps if you have a burst pipe or your home is flooding
- Stop the source of water. The most effective and simplest way to stop bursting pipes is to cut off their source of water. Burst pipes can quickly saturate carpet and the subfloor underneath, which can be expensive and time-consuming to dry. To stop the problem before it gets to this stage, check for a water valve near the affected area. For sinks, this is usually a pair of metal valves under the sink. And for toilets, it’s generally behind the toilet about half a foot off the floor. Keep an eye out for signs of a main water line problem.
- You may need to shut off your main water line. For single-family homes, this is usually near the street under a round or rectangular plate with “WATER METER” written on it. Multi-family dwellings can be more complicated, and you may not have access. If that’s the case, call our plumbers in Vancouver WA to handle it for you.
- Shut off the electricity if possible. DO NOT ATTEMPT IF THERE IS WATER NEAR THE BREAKER BOX. If it’s clearly dry, shutting off the electricity can protect your important electronics from getting ruined.
- Let our plumbers fix the problem. With everything shut off, we’ll come by and thoroughly examine the problem. Our plumbing professionals know what to look for and can often diagnose the issue quickly. They’ll also look at the rest of the system to see if there are fundamental problems that caused the pipe burst in the first place. Using their training and experience, they can often pinpoint the problem even if it’s behind the drywall. They’ll make the smallest cuts they can to repair the pipes so drywall repairs are simple and inexpensive.
Our professional plumbers make sure the problem is fixed
It’s important to know that when you have a major repair job that the same problem won’t come up a month or two later. With comprehensive manufacturer warranties, your parts are guaranteed not to fail. And our 5-star guaranteed plumbing services can’t be beat. With same day plumbing services, regular continuing education for all of our plumbers, and unbeatable customer service, you won’t find better plumbers anywhere else!