Sometimes, accidents happen. If you have been unlucky enough to have experienced a burst pipe or water leak in your home, you need to take action quickly.
Burst pipes in the winter, or damaged pipes anytime of year can cause major leaks where water pours out on a continuous basis and cannot be contained. This type of leak requires immediate action, and you should follow our action plan to help prevent further damage occurring.
First off, don’t panic
A water leak in your home can feel scary and you may be worried about how many of your belongings will be lost or ruined forever. In reality, possessions can be replaced, but ensuring that you and your family are safe from a major leak should take priority. A cool, calm head will help you to make better choices and take charge until the problem is sorted.
Locate the stopcock
Your stopcock is the mains water tap that switches off the water in your home. Everyone should make a point of learning where it is located, in case they need to use it. In most homes, the stopcock can be found under the kitchen sink, or sometimes in the bathroom or close to the boiler.
There may also be an external stopcock in your garden, on your street or in communal areas for flats and shared spaces.
Turn on the cold water taps
When a burst pipe happens, you want to drain as much water out of the water tank that feeds the pipes in the most controlled way possible. Allowing the water to run away down the plughole will help to drain the tank faster. As soon as your taps stop running, switch them off.
Turn off your heating
If the leak is on a central heating pipe then turn off the boiler/heat source immediately. This will eventually cause the pressure to drop and the flow of water will reduce and stop. Do not touch or try to adjust the pressure or make other changes to the boiler at this time. Leave that for your registered gas safe engineer to rectify in due course.
Dry as much as you can
Were possible, try to soak up as much excess water as you can using towels, buckets and other vessels to get the water away from your belongings as quickly as possible. Water that sits for long periods of time can cause irreversible damage to the structure of your home, as well as your internal fixtures and fittings.
Find a plumber
After a major leak from a burst pipe it is time to call in the professionals. The experienced and Gas Safe registered plumbers at DHS-UK provide expert residential plumbing services in Bristol. They can attend your home and help to repair or replace your pipework to help ensure that the same thing never happens again.
Don’t delay, call us today
Water damage can cause serious structural damage to your home, as well as ruining your furniture and even destroying precious personal belongings that cannot be replaced. Limit the damage and get your home drier faster, with the plumbing experts at DHS UK.
Contact us or give us a call today and we can carry out an assessment on your property to see what the options are.