What To Do If A Pipe Bursts

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Drains, Plumbing

Pipe RepairThe colder weather is on its way. If you forget to prepare your pipes before a big freeze or you try to DIY a plumbing project, you could end up sitting in the middle of a plumbing disaster.  

When unexpected emergencies happen it's important to know what to do next, so you can minimize damage and have your pipes repaired quickly. 

Turn off your main water supply 

The first thing you should do is cut off your main water supply. There are at least two main valves in your home and they are located at your water meter. One is before the meter, and one is after the meter. Once you find the meter, turn handle clockwise.

Water pressure will more than likely stay in your system and you will need to turn on your sinks to allow the remaining water to come out. 

Watch out for electrical shocks

If the broken pipe is near any electrical switches or your fuse box, turn off your home's electricity and try to cover and protect the switches and fuses to further guarantee your safety.

Minimize damage 

Use pots and pans to collect the water, move your furniture out of harms way and move valuables to higher ground.

Contact your insurance agency

Make sure to document the damage caused from your pipe bursting and call your insurance agency as soon as possible to get started on your claim. 

Call Donnelly's 

Pipe repairs aren't always a DIY task, and that's why Donnelly's is available 24/7 for you! 

Donnelly's Plumbing Heating and Cooling has been providing exceptional customer service and quality worksmanship to our local communities here in the Chester, Bucks, Montgomery, and Delware counties for over forty years. Whether you're dealing with low water pressure, need to tune-up your water heater, need emergency help with a plumbing problem right this second, or you're looking for your main water valve, give us a call! You can reach us by phone at (215) 855-2014 or contact us online at any time to schedule service today!

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