Imagine that you come home, open your front door... and are greeted by water pouring from the ceiling. Or that the floor in your bathroom resembles a swimming pool!
Unless you are an expert, this can be a truly shocking and frightening moment. It can also be dangerous. So, there are a few things to do right away to ensure the safety of anyone in your home and, as best you can, to protect both your property and possessions from further damage.
Taking these key actions are the first steps towards solving the problem. It’s no use simply running around like Corporal Jones from Dad’s Army!
Know where your main stop tap (often under the sink or where the service pipe enters your home) or stopcock (at your cold water tank) is located. Find out now. So, if there is an emergency, you can quickly take the first rectifying step. And know where you keep a torch.
If necessary, do a head count of everyone in your home and make sure they either leave (or don’t enter) the property or are as far away from the burst and damage as possible.
Turn off the stopcock or stop tap. Once this is done, you can start to drain the tank as quickly as possible by turning on the cold taps in the kitchen and bathroom and flushing the toilets.
Make sure no-one touches any electrical equipment. Take a moment to turn off the main electricity supply providing there is no wetness near it (you know where you keep your torch). If it is wet, or there is any damage to electrical wiring, call an electrician. Your central heating system should also be switched-off; then you can turn on the hot taps to help the draining process.
Move all items you can from flooded areas; place buckets or pots under any drips to protect from further damage. If a ceiling is bulging and appears ready to burst – and it’s safe to enter the room - piercing through the plaster with a broom handle to let the water drain might minimise the damage to come.
There are many professional plumbers in Wakefield; as soon as you’ve taken the above steps it’s time to call on their services. As you get on with the mopping-up operation, they’ll undertake the professional plumbing repair that your burst pipe needs.
A burst pipe can be a horrible experience. But, if you take these simple steps, you can minimise its effect and keep everybody safe. Don’t forget to ask your plumber for advice to protect against future frozen pipes or plumbing emergencies. After all, winters in Yorkshire can be harsh!
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Richard and Ash attended to my property when I had water dripping from living room ceiling. They explained everything that needed doing to find the root cause of the issue which included cutting a hole in my living room ceiling where the leak had come through. They made me feel at ease knowing they knew what they were talking about as I was stressing out not being able to use my bathroom facilities with a 5 month old baby in the house. They spent most of the evening outside in the snowy conditions fixing my frozen pipes outside then moving onto the cracked pipe under my shower which had caused the leak. They were both very polite, tidied up after themselves, made as little mess as possible and the hole in my ceiling is a neat little square that our plasterer should be able to fix without it been a big job. I wanted to say thank you to them, they are a credit to your company.