How do I handle a broken water pipe?
It’s every homeowner’s worst nightmare: A water pipe bursts inside a wall, leaving a wet, smelly mess. How do you know if a water pipe has burst? Unusual bubbling, whistling, dripping, banging, and clanking noises inside your home may indicate a broken pipe. A dramatic loss in water pressure and a dramatic increase in your water bill are also red flags. Act fast to minimize damage.
- Shut off the main water valve that delivers water to your home, which is usually located near the water meter.
- Drain all pipes by running the cold water on all faucets, flushing each toilet at least once, shutting off the water heater, and running the hot water on all faucets. When all of the water in your home’s pipes has emptied, the water at the break will stop.
- Although you may be able to handle a small leak yourself with a few clamps or a soldering iron, a broken pipe inside a wall requires the services of a professional plumber and possibly a company that specializes in water damage restoration to prevent mold and mildew.