You may not have considered the possibility of pipes bursting at home, so wouldn’t have invested in heat cable for pipes in the home. These are used to regulate the temperature around the pipe and stop them from getting too hot or too cold, and when a pipe does burst you’re risking flooding, damp and the ceilings caving in. Sometimes, you can hear when a pipe has sprung a leak because the dripping sound is unmistakeable, but other times it’s so gradual and quiet that you don’t know anything is wrong. This is until you are ankle deep in water in the basement, or the ceiling starts to sag with the weight of the pooled water. There are some ways you can get your home sorted in case of a burst pipe that causes a flood in the home and here they are:
Be prepared. Depending on the severity of the disaster, you need to have an emergency backpack with supplies for an overnight stay at the ready. Flooding caused by dodgy plumbing can take a few days to dry out and sort and the damage can be irreparable. Be prepared for disasters at all times, especially if your house is susceptible to damp.
Shut off the water. In the event of a pipe bursting, you need to minimise any further damage so shutting off the water supply can prevent any further water flow.
Shut off the electrics. The main concern with flooding in the home isn’t the cracks in the walls or the ceiling dipping as these cosmetic issues can be fixed. The biggest issue is the water getting into the electrics and starting a fire.
Call the professionals. Plumbers, electricians, home insurers and contractors are around for a reason so if you suspect a pipe burst and it is affecting the electrics, call in the big guns to help you sort the issue.