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    How To Deal With A Burst Pipe

    Unexpected home repairs can really throw a spanner in the works in more ways than one. A leaking roof, burst pipe or boiler breakdown can often mean that the monthly budget has to be stretched to breaking point in order to get things sorted and back to normal.

    However, it is often the things we do in the moments immediately following an unforeseen event like this that limit the amount of damage that is caused and therefore the amount of stress involved, too. With this being the case, here are a few steps to take when being met by a burst pipe.

    ·         Turn Off The Water Immediately –

    This is obviously your first port of call and is the best way to limit any potential damage to your property. Act quickly and turn the water off by using the stopcock. If you are reading this and wondering where your stop valve is then perhaps it’s time to find out to avoid having to search for it in the midst of an emergency. Here’s a guide for finding yours.

    ·         Turn Off Hot Water Systems And Electricity –

    The next step is to switch off your central heating or whatever system you have in place to heat your water. If this is done through the use of a solid fuel then let it die out on its own accord. If the burst pipe is anywhere near any electrical sockets or appliances then it is vital that you turn the electric off as well. The last thing you want is to have to call out an electrician as well as a plumber.

    ·         Drain The System –

    Once everything is off then it’s a good idea to turn on the hot taps to let any water that is left in the system drain out.

    ·         Call Out A Trusted Plumber –

    Our helpful directory of professional tradespeople can really help speed up the process in a situation like this. You can find a trusted contractor, at a reasonable price and who will understand the difficulties you are experiencing. Time is of the essence in these instances and so having a list of suited tradespeople on hand will offer a great help. Take a look at our reliable plumbers.

    Prevention

    With cold weather looming, many of us are facing the possibility of burst pipes caused by water freezing inside them this winter. This is the leading cause of pipes bursting at this time of the year and so it may be wise to take steps to prevent it from happening. Some great ways to do this include:

    • Insulating the pipes in isolated areas.
    • Using heat lamps on pipes in places such as loft spaces and cold basements.
    • Leaving the central heating on very low if you are away from the home for an extended period of time.
    • Disconnecting the garden hose to prevent water freezing back up inside the tap and into the pipes.

    If you do find a frozen pipe in your property than it can often be thawed by using a portable heater or even a hair dryer. Just be sure to check the pipe hasn’t split before you do this and if it has then it’s time to call a plumber.

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    Friday, 03 Jan 2014

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