Steps to Take When You Notice a Burst Pipe

Illustration of a man looking at a burst pipe

A burst pipe is a plumbing emergency. It could flood your home with water and damage the walls, flooring, carpets and furniture. If you’re dealing with a burst pipe, here’s what you need to do.

How to Handle a Burst Pipe

  • The first thing you have to do when you see a burst pipe is to turn off the water supply valve.
  • If the water is likely to come in contact with electrical outlets, turn off the mains. If the switches are wet because of the flow of water, don’t touch them. You may just end up getting electrocuted. Call for emergency plumbing services immediately.
  • Next, turn on all your taps and flush your toilets to drain out the water. If you don’t do this, you’ll have gallons of water pouring out into your living space.
  • Mop up leaks if they’re minor. If water is dripping from the ceiling, place buckets under the ceiling. If you fail to clean up standing water, it will seep through the walls and flooring and cause mould in the future.
  • If the water is dirty, disinfect your home after soaking it up. This will protect you from serious illnesses.

Preventing Pipe Bursts:

  • Preventive plumbing protects your home from pipe bursts. It’s a good idea to examine pipes and faucets a few times every year. This should help you catch small leaks in time.
  • If you live in an area where the temperature drops to zero, make sure you disconnect your garden hose in the winters.
  • If you’re going on a long holiday, turn off the water supply system. It’s also a good idea to drain water from your plumbing system. You won’t have to worry about pipe bursts when you’re away.
  • Know where your power and water supply mains are. You don’t want to waste time trying to locate them in emergency situations.
  • Turn your main water supply valve on and off, a few times each year. This should prevent the valve from sticking to its usual ‘On’ position.
  • To stop pipes from bursting in the winter months, leave the heater on. Also, consider insulating pipes located in your loft or underground storage area. The professionals will use foam or fibreglass to protect the pipes from the cold.
  • If you see water coming out from the floor, inspect the pipes or call a plumber to identify leaks. It’s important to act quickly before the condition worsens and causes severe and often irreparable home damage.

If you need commercial or residential plumbing in Beckenham, get in touch with Hulshoff Plumbing & Gas. We handle pipe bursts, gas leaks, and blocked drains.


We are fully licenced and don’t charge a call-out fee! Give us a ring on 0403 981 421 or look us up online to request a free quote. We will help you find the right solutions for all your plumbing problems.

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