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October 2nd, 2010

Pipe Bursts

What do I do when my pipe bursts?

It’s the middle of the night and you hear the explosion downstairs. You arrive to see a burst pipe spewing water over your brand new carpet. Being in this situation isn’t the most ideal, but the good thing is it can be easily remedied and almost anyone can do it.

Now, a number of pipes you can deal with yourself. However, for bigger bursts or just more complicated ones it is better to call the plumber. If you decide to repair a burst pipe yourself, then you can just follow these easy steps.

The first thing to do is to locate where the problem is. This is the most important part as you don’t want to be messing around with pipes that work properly. So, once you have done this you are ready to go into action.

You should first make sure that all the water flow to the burst pipe is ceased. You take care of this by shutting off the valve that supplies the pipe with water. Make sure that you tighten the valve otherwise you will have water leaks that will bother you during your work. Once this is done, you are ready to proceed. The next step is to fix the pipe so that a replacement for the burst part can be installed.

It is usually best to use a pipe clamp. These come in different forms and they are shaped for different pipe problems. If all else fails duct tape can prove a temporary solution until a plumber can be contacted. Although the duct tape will last for quite some time, don’t believe for even a second that it has fixed your problem otherwise you’ll just be back to square one when it bursts again.

Depending on the situation you might have to go and replace the entire piping section. If the burst was small this will not be necessary, but sometimes the damage can be irreparable. Before you go to the hardware store, do your measurements first. There’s nothing worse than making multiple trips. Also, describe your problem to the hardware store to make sure that you receive the proper materials to fix the problem.

If your problem happens in the Sydney area then you can contact a local plumber at www.localsydneyplumber.com.au. The plumbers working in conjunction with this website are top notch professionals who work at great prices and deliver even better work. Sometimes in these situations it’s best to let the professionals do their work.

To sum up, as with any other household problem, you will definitely face pipe bursts once in a while. If you believe you are skillful enough to fix the problem yourself guided by these tips, then you will save some money. However, do not attempt anything unless you are confident enough. There is nothing worse than trying to fix a problem yourself and then causing even more trouble just because you weren’t sure what needed to be done. Call the plumber and leave all your worries behind.

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