Pipe problems can feel like a homeowner’s worst nightmare. After all, pipe breaks can cause floods in your home, which mean that you not only have to replace the pipe, but that you also have to replace walls, flooring, furniture, and more.
When your pipes break, you need to call someone fast. At The Plumber, we’ll get to you as soon as we can and locate your pipe break, then get it fixed for you fast. If there’s an underlying problem, we’ll help address that, too, so you don’t have to worry about more breaks in the future.
What to Do When a Pipe Breaks
When you realize you have a broken pipe, the first thing you want to do is turn off the main water supply to your home. This is a knob or a lever and is usually located nearby the rest of your utilities. If you have a utility closet, this is the first place to look. If it’s not there, it may be in your basement, your garage, or even outside. It’s best to know where this is before you have an emergency, though it’s usually not hard to find if you’ve saved it until an urgent time.
When you find this, turn it all the way to the right. This will stop any water from flowing into your home. Once you’ve done this, don’t use any water until you have fixed your pipe problem and turned the water back on. This means no showers, no dishwashing, and no flushing toilets.
After the water is off, give us a call. We’ll come out to you as soon as we can to assess the problem. If you want to, you can start cleaning up any water that escaped your broken pipe, though this may be a job for a restoration company. We can connect you with some good ones in the area who can help you get your home back to normal.
Once we have assessed your pipe, we’ll let you know why the break occurred and what needs to happen to repair it. We won’t rest until your pipes are working well again.
Sometimes, pipes break because they have gone bad for some reason. If this is true throughout your home, then it’s time for a full or partial re-piping. This means that we will go through and take out all of your old pipe, then put in brand new pipe.
Re-piping becomes necessary for a variety of reasons. Most commonly, your pipes have simply gotten old. They don’t last forever, so you may need to re-pipe if you live in an older home.
You may also need to re-pipe if your pipes weren’t installed properly in the first place. This happens occasionally and the best way to deal with it is to get new pipes.
If you think you might need new pipes, call us today. We’ll come assess your plumbing and let you know what we find. If you need re-piping, we’ll get on the job ASAP and get it done so you can live well at home again.