What You Need to Know About Burst Pipes

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Broken Pipes Should Never Be Ignored

When pipes burst in a home or business, it can be incredibly stressful for everyone involved. This is due to several reasons. Not only do the pipes have to be replaced, but the water does not work anymore, the rest of the lines might be frozen, and there is likely water everywhere that the pipes burst. It’s a complicated issue that can lead to further damage if it goes unaddressed.

When you first notice issue, call us right away at 630-473-6855. Be ready with a few details about the severity and location of the issue, and we’ll be ready to lend a hand in whatever way we can. In the meantime, here’s what you can do: 

What should you do when you first notice a broken pipe on your property? 

When pipes burst anywhere in the home, time is of the essence. It is best not to wait – call a plumber immediately to better assess the situation. They will likely want to come to your location, so they can examine the pipe that has burst and then determine the best course of action to clean up and repair the damage.

Of course, as you’re making the call (or even before),  make sure to turn off the main water supply. If this is not done, the home can go through more water damage that you’d like. Sometimes, this can cause further problems when the water sits in the area. Water causes mold and mildew to grow and cause further problems. A water restoration company might be in order to remove the water and reduce the chances of long-term damage or mold growth.

What happens if you ignore a burst pipe? 

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you didn’t call a plumber, and instead, you left the pipes alone? You’ve turned off the water, but do not have the means to fix the problem or have someone else come out to fix the problem. Believe it or not, this is a very common question. 

When the pipes are left alone after they have burst, it is quite possible that more pipes will burst. This is one of the reasons that it is so important to keep the heat on in a home, even if you don’t plan to be there. The pipes bursting is due to the build-up in cold water and freezing temperatures. When the heat is on in the home, even when no one is in it, it minimizes the chances of having this happen. It is also important to consider insulation for around the pipes.

Overall, ignoring a burst pipe is a terrible idea. This creates further damage and makes the water throughout the home unsafe and unusable. Be safe and never sorry when it comes to taking care of plumbing issues, such as burst pipes when the problem arises. A plumber can fix the issue easily and effectively so you never have to worry about not being able to use the water or deal with the problem again.

If a pipe has burst in your basement (or anywhere in your home or office), give us a call today at 815-515-4062. We’ll help you get your pipes repaired as quickly as possible.


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