The pipes in your home are a lot like life itself—when things are in order, everything is great. But, if even a single component is out of line, you can end up having to deal with tons of problems and a mind-numbing amount of stress.
So, to make sure you don’t go insane when you’re faced with a broken pipe, we’ve prepared this neat guide. Using this article, we’ll share various tips and resources to help you reduce water damage in your home, and keep repairs to a minimum.
Handling a Broken Pipe
Turn off your water main
The first thing you should do when you’re confronted with a broken or burst pipe is to switch off your main water line. This ensures that pressurized water won’t continuously flow into the pipes of your home and cause more water damage.
The water main shutoff or toby valve can usually be found at the front of most New Zealand homes beneath a plastic cover. In other cases, the toby valve can be found near a home’s hose tap
Call a plumber right away
Assuming you’ve successfully shut off your main water line, the next course of action would be to call up your local plumber or find a reliable one online. To make finding a plumber easier, we’ve taken the liberty of compiling lists for plumbers in various parts of New Zealand.
Clean up any excess water
While you’re waiting for your plumber to arrive, you can further reduce the amount of water damage around your home by cleaning up excess water. This can be accomplished by using some old rags or towels to soak up large puddles.
Aside from minimizing water damage, cleaning up the water that has spilled from your pipe will make your plumber’s job easier. If your walls, upholstery, or furniture, happen to be soaked you can also make use of a heater and a cooling fan to circulate warm air throughout the area.
Drain faucets and other fixtures
Draining your faucets and fixtures reduces the amount of pressure within your piping system. In turn, this will reduce the likelihood of more pipes breaking and keep water from leaking through any pre-existing breaks.
Make use of repair sleeves and pipe clamps as needed
If you absolutely must use the water in your home, it’s possible to create a temporary fix using repair sleeves or pipe clamps. The effectiveness of these band-aid solutions depends largely on the severity of the damage to your pipe.
But remember, these solutions are only temporary and it would still be in your best interest to call up a capable plumber.
For some, it can be tempting to DIY a repair job, but this can lead to further damage and a mountain of expenses if done incorrectly. Your best bet is always to call in the professionals.
In the meantime, we’d recommend keeping this guide in your back pocket so you’ll always have a good reference in the future.