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Professional Plumbing | 3 Smart Moves To Deal With Bathroom Pipe Bursts

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Owning a home means you have to deal with the expenses that come with regular maintenance − and the ones that sometimes catch you off guard − like an unexpected bathroom pipe burst. When it comes to dealing with a burst water pipe in your bathroom, the actions you undertake will determine the extent of the damage to your home and your possessions. While a professional plumber is necessary, follow these smart and speedy moves to deal with bathroom pipe bursts instantly and effectively.

Block the Water Source

Before you undertake any action, make sure you turn off the main water source − especially when you don't know where the pipe has burst in your bathroom. The water mains are typically located below the kitchen sink or in the area where the main water pipe attaches to your home. Switch off the mains to ensure that no additional water will enter into your pipes. Once you have done that, run all the faucets in the home to get rid of the excess residual water that remains in the internal pipes. This will prevent water from leaking from the broken pipe into your walls and damaging them.

Inspect the Damage

After draining out the excess water, take the time to locate the burst pipe area. If it is in an external location and the damage is a mere hole that sprung a leak, you can use a chemical bonding agent and sealant to stop the leak. You can easily purchase a pipe sealant from your local home improvement store. But if the damage is extensive or you cannot locate the source, then it's time to call for professional reinforcements. Keep in mind that a major water pipe burst has the potential to damage other parts of your home. It is probably also linked to other water connections, so you may not have the skill and expertise for this on your own.

Call the Plumber

If you know how to fix major water pipe bursts yourself − congratulations! You're one of the lucky few. But if not, call a professional plumber immediately. A plumber has both the tools and skill not only to identify the extent of the damage of your burst water pipes, but also to repair it with adequate safety precautions. Expect to pay in the range of $50 to $85 per hour for a plumber during regular hours. But since plumbing emergencies don't always adhere to the 9 to 5 window, you may have to shell out a little more − but it's a small price to pay when you consider the thousands of dollars you'll save on extensive repairs for a structurally damaged home − thanks to burst water pipes.

Don't let a burst water pipe ruin your home − follow these smart moves and call a plumber from a company like Dickson Plumbing Services to fix your problem as quickly as possible.