What to Do if a Pipe Bursts in Your Home


Burst pipes can be a nightmare for homeowners. They can sometimes go undetected until puddles begin to form and damp areas are found. If you have a burst pipe in your home, it’s important to act quickly to minimize the damage.

What Causes Burst Pipes?

Older houses in the Seattle area are most prone to burst pipes, but it can happen anywhere.¬†While Seattle’s winters are mild, there are times when the temperatures dip very low, increasing the chances of water freezing in a pipe and the pipe bursting. Corrosion on old pipes can weaken them, leading them to break on their own without warning. Local construction can cause soil to shift, leading to increased weight and pressure on the pipe. Tree roots are probably the most common local cause; when a root wraps around a weak point, it can squeeze until the pipe bursts.

What to Do When One is Discovered

Burbling or whistling sounds when you run the water or clanking down below the house can be the first signs that a pipe is broken. But often, the first notice you have will be an unpleasant odor, rings on the ceiling, damp drywall or puddles appearing anywhere in your home, especially beneath sinks or on your floors.

If leaking is persistent, go to the main water valve and shut it off immediately. If you do not know where your water valve is located, it’s better to learn sooner than later. In many cases, it will be found out by the street under a metal lid.

Electricity to the area of your home that is affected should also be shut off. Flooding can cause issues with the wiring or can even lead to electric shock if you are exposed to the water.

Remove area rugs, soft furniture and other possessions from the affected area, especially if the flooding is deep. Depending on where the leak in your plumbing system is, you may need to discard damaged items.

Call a plumber right away to get the burst pipe dealt with. If your burst pipe occurs during one of Seattle’s rare freezes, expect to wait; many people may be dealing with the same issue and the local plumbers may be backed up.

If your walls or ceiling are showing signs of water damage, it is important to get in touch with professional water damage cleanup professionals. We can come out and thoroughly remove all water. Without help, moisture can remain unseen. Over time, this can cause damage to housing materials or lead to mold or bacteria hidden beneath floors or behind your walls.

Speed is important when dealing with flooding in your home. The sooner you act, the less damage you will experience. We provide the water damage cleanup Seattle depends on. Have a leak in your home? Call now for a free assessment.

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