Posted on 12/13/2012
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The winter months are a time for celebration with family members and friends—but they also tend to bring on an upsurge of plumbing issues, including frozen water pipes. While wrapping your pipes and taking other precautionary methods can reduce the risk of a problem, some pipe bursts are just inevitable. Continue reading for some helpful tips on what to do in the event of a burst waterline.

Turn Off the Water Line

The first step to take once you realize you have a burst waterline is to immediately shut off the water supply. If the source of the leak is not obvious, a good way to determine which pipe is leaking is to follow the pipe until you find a piece that is bubbled out or has a fissure. Once you locate the site, you can turn off the respective water-control valve. If one of the main pipes is broken, however, you will need to shut off the water to your entire home.

Create a Temporary Fix

After turning off the water, it’s time to control the burst by creating a temporary fix until you are able to obtain professional help. Small leaks may be temporarily patched using a pipe clamp or rubber sleeve secured around the break and secured with a waterproof solution. However, a temporary repair is no substitute for a permanent, professional repair.

Contact a Plumber

Patched water pipes will not provide a permanent fix and will most likely burst again during colder winter months. For this reason, it is important to contact a plumber as soon as possible after experiencing a burst waterline to reduce the risk of water contamination, damage to your home, and increased utility bills.

When one of the water lines at your home or business bursts, it’s time to contact your Libertyville plumbing professionals. Give Arrow Plumbing Inc. a call at (847) 549-9600 to set up a service call. We also offer winterizations, leak detection services, water heater repair, and sump pump installments.