Winter is a dangerous time for your home. You might be wondering why that’s the case. It’s because the pipes inside your home can burst and cause an enormous amount of water damage. Here are some of the ways you can address damaged pipes and plumbing systems inside your house.
Whenever something like this happens, it’s easy to panic. After all, panicking is a natural reaction. But if you panic, it won’t help you. The best way to respond is to find the emergency shutoff valve for your water supply. Turning off the water supply, at least for the time being, can help you minimize the water damage that accumulates, whether it’s inside the basement or elsewhere within your home.
Determine the Damage
Once the water is turned off, you can take your time and find out just how waterlogged your house is. Burst pipes are no joke, and you must move quickly to avoid mold and mildew infestations. If you still have lead pipes, then it’s time you got them replaced. Copper and PVC pipes are higher quality and won’t affect your health, either.
Inspect the Plumbing
Once the water damage has been handled, you can then inspect the overall condition of your home’s plumbing. Look for signs of cracks, leaks, or holes in any of the pipes or any of the joints where they connect. If you spot a pinhole, then you can patch it up with duct tape or electrical tape. Hairline fractures, on the other hand, call for pipe sealant. If you see larger cracks than that, then it is time to call professional plumbers to come and help you. Although patch kits can help you repair your burst pipes, this takes a fair bit of knowledge to do, not to mention some thick gloves in order to do it safely.
Get Professional Help
The task of dealing with burst pipes, even if it’s not serious, can be a scary one. That’s why you shouldn’t hesitate to call on the experts. If you’re not sure what you’re doing, it’s better to be safe than sorry. You might not know how to use blowtorches and pipe cutters, and it wouldn’t be safe for you to operate this equipment without that experience.
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