There are many reasons a pipe could burst, but they all have one thing in common: Terrible timing. Luckily, at Daniel’s Plumbing & Air Conditioning, we offer 24/7 repair services in case you ever find yourself stepping into a puddle at 3 a.m.
Pipes burst for a variety of reasons, from freezing temperatures to mineral build-up, and it may not be immediately obvious that anything has happened.
While it’s clear to tell something is wrong when you’ve got water up to your knees in your kitchen, there are some subtler ways to determine a problem with your plumbing:
Foul smell from faucets: Bad smells, especially of rotten eggs, coming from your tap is a clear warning of leaking sewage.
Puddles under appliances: If you find standing water under your sinks or in cabinets, the water could be seeping in from pipes in the wall. Or, if you can’t find the source, you may need leak detection to find and fix any issues.
Fluctuating water pressure: While water pressure can change for a variety of reasons, a sudden drop means the pressure may be escaping somewhere else.
Dripping noises: If you notice any new sounds that sound like dripping or gurgling when water isn’t running, it could mean a burst pipe within the wall.
Off-colored water: Cloudy, yellowed, or otherwise “weird” looking water could indicate that outside elements are getting into your home’s water supply through a broken pipe.
High water bills: A sudden increase in your water bill means a sudden increase in water, which could be due to a leaky pipe.
No matter how minor or severe it looks from the outside, it’s essential to have a repair specialist out ASAP if you suspect a pipe has burst. They’ll be able to replace or repair the pipe while minimizing damage both to your home and your wallet. If there is severe damage, we also offer multiple financing options to help offset the cost of repiping or burst pipe repairs.
What to Do in Case of a Burst Pipe
If a pipe bursts in your home, the first step is to call a licensed plumber. The professional plumbers at Daniel’s Plumbing & Air Conditioning are trustworthy providers of emergency plumbing services.
While you’re waiting for help to arrive, we recommend you do the following:
Turn Off the Water Main
The moment you suspect a pipe may have burst, quickly spring into action by turning off the water supply to your home. If you live in a single-family home or townhouse, the water shutoff valve will typically be located in the basement, crawlspace, or somewhere in close proximity to your home’s water heater.
Drain All Your Faucets
After shutting off the water supply, some water may remain in your system. Remove any remaining water by simply turning on your faucets, cold water first. Then, allow excess water to flow out. After draining the cold water, turn off your water boiler and heating system, and repeat the same process with the hot water spigots.
Warm Up Your Pipes
After calling in the licensed experts and releasing the excess water, do your pipes a favor by warming them up. Turn up your home’s thermostat and open the doors of cabinets that house the pipes under your sink. If you are able to locate the suspected burst pipe, you may want to run a warm hairdryer over it.
Contact Our Plumbing Specialists
At Daniel’s Plumbing & Air Conditioning, we treat our business and customers like family. Therefore, you can always expect friendly, caring, and helpful service when you need HVAC, water heater, drain cleaning, or plumbing assistance. We’re known for working quickly without sacrificing quality.