A burst pipe is classed as a water emergency – it can cause serious damage to your home’s structure and electrical wiring. It’s vital to take action as soon as you discover a burst pipe.
Firstly, follow the instructions below, then call your insurance company.
If you’ve got a burst pipe problem, follow these directions to get things back to normal fast:
1. Turn off the water supply
Turn off the main stopcock. You should find this under the kitchen sink or where the service pipe enters your home.
2. Run the tap to drain the system
Then drain the system by turning on all your cold taps and flushing your toilets.
3. Turn off water heating systems
Switch off the central heating, immersion heater and any other water heating systems.
4. Turn off the electrics
If water from the burst pipe is leaking near your electrics or electrical appliances, switch off the mains immediately. If the mains switch is wet, don’t touch it or you could risk electrocution! Call a qualified electrician immediately.
5. Be safe
If you notice the leak quickly you can catch dripping water in buckets. However, if water has been leaking through for some time and the ceilings are bulging, rooms may not be safe to enter. If the ceiling is bulging and you’re confident that there is no danger, punch a small hole in it with a sharp object to let the water drain.
6. Fixing the problem
If you’re at all unsure about fixing a burst pipe by yourself, call a professional to repair it. Ask them to provide an estimate for your insurer if needed. If you have a home emergency policy that covers you for burst pipes, get in touch with your insurer as soon as possible as they may assign one of their registered professionals.