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What do You do When Your Water Pipes Burst?

A pipe bursting inside your house is officially considered an emergency plumbing situation, but before you reach out for the best emergency plumber NYC has to offer, you should take a few steps first. By staying calm and collected and knowing what to do, you can save time, money, and energy. Those who panic make matters worse, and at a time like this, it is easy to become frazzled.

The first thing you need to do is find your home’s main water shut-off valve. This valve controls the water coming in and out of your home, and so when a pipe bursts, you want to shut the water off (preventing unnecessary flooding and damage). It is one thing to experience a flood, but it is another to watch your house flood knowing there is little to nothing you can do.

Once you shut off the main, you should go to each faucet and turn it on. By draining the faucet, you remove excess water and pressure from the system. Do not forget to flush toilets several times. Next, turn off your water heater and drain the tap.

After the water has been contained, you can focus your attention on cleaning up the mess. Leaving standing water can damage your home, create bacteria/mold, and become a breeding ground for pests. You may want to avoid the mess until you calm down, but there is no better time than the present. You can begin cleaning while you wait for an emergency plumber NYC.

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