If you decided to attempt plumbing repairs yourself but inadvertently cause a disaster that has water spewing everywhere, it's time to call for an emergency plumber. Sometimes, you can put up with a plumbing annoyance like a dripping faucet or slow drains, but when water spews all over the floor and you have to keep the water off at the main, it's a plumbing emergency and you need quick help. Fortunately, you can call a plumber day or night when there's a desperate need for help. Fixing a busted pipe is one of those situations. Here's what your plumber may need to do.
Replace A Valve
If you broke off a valve when trying to repair a leak under the sink, the plumber might need to cut the pipe and install a new valve. You'll also need to consider why the valve broke. If it's because the plumbing is old and corroded, the plumber might recommend replacing part or all of the pipe as well. Valves are easy to break off when you're doing plumbing repairs because they get stuck due to rust or hard water scale building up on them. Then, when you apply too much pressure to turn the valve, it breaks off or damages the pipe and you have a serious leak on your hands. The immediate fix for this problem is to keep the water turned off at the water main until a plumber arrives to fix the problem.
Do Temporary Repairs
Your plumber may initially make temporary repairs to stop the leak, especially if the problem happens in the middle of the night. This allows you to leave the water on so you can shower and use the toilet, but the leak will be plugged up until permanent repairs can be made to the pipe at a more convenient time of day. These repairs might work on a weak pipe that you accidentally broke or that ruptured when you were attempting other repairs. Your plumber might also cut out the damaged area and install a new section of pipe to remove the damaged portion. If the pipe burst because it is weak and damaged, then other leaks may develop later. It could be a sign you need new pipes in your house.
Assess The Condition Of Your Pipes
Installing new plumbing isn't something that can be done in an emergency, but a burst pipe can be a warning that you need more extensive work done. The plumber can assess your pipes and determine what they are made of and if they are so corroded they are in danger of giving you another plumbing disaster in the near future.
Contact a service, like VINES PLUMBING & WATER RESTORATION, for more help.