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Burst pipes can occur when you least expect, no matter how well you maintain your property. How you act when you discover a burst pipe can have a big impact on whether it results in inconvenience or disaster for your home or office.
These simple steps will help you avoid disaster:
Step 1: Turn off the water at the main
Locate your water meter (usually in the front corner of the property) and turn the lever to the off position. This will prevent water flowing to your home or office and protect it from being further affected by water.
Step 2: Turn on taps
Turning on several taps will allow the water still in the system to run out here, rather than through the burst pipe.
Step 3: Call Toscano Plumbing on 1300 867 226
We will action your call immediately. While we are on our way, we suggest you clean up the excess water. This will help to minimise damage to your property and the total cost involved. As you clean up excess water, be sure to move your belongings and furniture from the area to protect them.
Water leaks and electricity
When you have a burst pipe, you should NOT use any electrical devices, including lights. You might not be aware, but water could be leaking near electrical wiring in walls and ceilings. If you believe the water is leaking near electrical wiring, turn the electricity to the property off and contact an emergency electrician.
Not sure if you have a burst pipe?
Here are some of the signs of a burst pipe in a residential or commercial plumbing system:
- Loss of water pressure
- Unusual noises coming from the water system
- Peeling paint
- Wet, spongy lawn, despite no rain
- Lifting tiles
- Damp patches on ceilings, walls or floors
- Discoloured water
- Mould formation
Why contact Toscano Plumbing for burst pipe plumbing?
You might be tempted to try to fix the burst pipe yourself. We find that DIY repairs can often result in more damage to the property than the original burst pipe, so we discourage them. However, if the burst pipe is accessible, you could use pipe repair tape so that you have access to water while we are on our way to you. To use, wrap the silicone tape around the problem area, over and over, until it forms a seal.
Please remember this is only temporary! Call Toscano Plumbing, the fully licenced professionals who conduct burst pipe repairs every day. If the pipe is hidden, we can locate it using electronic pipe locating equipment to allow for an efficient burst water pipe repair.
Causes of a pipe bursting in a water line
The pipes that form water lines within our homes have a long life expectancy. But, sometimes certain situations can place them under stress, causing them to leak or burst.
1. High water pressure
Exposure to high water pressure places stress on the piping and pipe joints, wearing them out faster than expected. Water hammer is often a sign of high water pressure.
3. Clogged water pipes
Pipes that are completely or partially clogged with debris cause a buildup of pressure in the system. This pressure buildup places demand on the pipes to expand and eventually burst.
4. Ageing hot water system
Harsh weather and fittings that have loosened with age can cause hot water system pipes to leak and if not rectified, to burst.
5. Accidental damage
Doing renovations or gardening which interfere with your water system can result in an unexpected pipe burst.
6. Frozen pipes
Temperatures that drop below freezing can mean that water in uninsulated pipes freezes. The frozen water expands, putting a strain on the pipe until it bursts.
I would like to personally extend my sincere thanks to the Toscano team for your hard work and dedication throughout the reinstatement. Despite the numerous challenges thrown up along the way, the result achieved is a credit to all involved.
– John Coates, Construction Manager