Last week we talked about prevention and precautions to take so your pipes don’t freeze or burst. But what if it’s too late and a pipe has been frozen and finally burst? The first thing you want to do is stay calm. A fast response can make a huge difference when it comes to plumbing problems.
If you stumble upon a frozen pipe that has burst, you first want to shut off the water. This will keep more water from traveling through that pipe and leaking out. Be sure to move any items that have gotten wet or frozen to a warm and dry location.
Remove as much water from the area as you can with a sump pump or a wet-dry vacuum. Place fans and a dehumidifier in the area to keep things drying out.
This is where you can call a professional to finish the job for you. The section of the pipe that burst needs to be cut out and replaced with a new section of pipe.
To prevent another pipe burst, make sure you insulate your pipes with pipe wrap or add more insulation to the walls around your pipes.
If a pipe bursts in your home or business, contact one of our master plumbers by calling (262)305-7101 right away!