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Pipe Bursts in St Louis

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Bursting pipes attribute significant destruction and loss in Saint Louis County. Do you know what to do if your pipes freeze? Before we highlight how to manage a burst pipe, let’s first review how to prevent such a mishap.

Causes and Effects of Pipe Bursts
Bursting pipes often transpire as the result of frozen water. If the temperatures dip below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, pipes may freeze. Consequently, it is important to keep the home’s comfort system on (even when the home is vacant) to eliminate such problems.

Bursting pipes can also be the end result of corroded pipes, giving way to a potentially devastating leak. During the home’s annual plumbing checkup make sure your plumber checks the condition of your pipes. Are you a Hoffmann Brothers Plumbing member?

Now that we’ve reviewed ways to prevent a pipe from bursting, make note of what to do in the event that one of your water pipes does burst:

How to Weather a Burst Pipe
1. The first thing to do is shut off the water main. The main water valve is usually connected to the street. Turning off the main water line is vital to preventing additional damage.

2. Next, go to the circuit breaker and turn off the electricity. Since water and electricity can be potentially fatal, this is another important step.

3. Next, trace the leak. Even though a burst pipe is not a do it yourself repair, the information serves as an integral detail when scheduling a plumbing house call.

4. Schedule a plumbing repair. In a moment of panic, don’t allow a non-licensed person to attempt to repair the broken pipe. Moreover, in the event you have to file a claim on your home owner’s insurance, your policy would most likely reimburse services provided by a licensed plumbing contractor versus a person familiar with plumbing systems.

While taking preventative steps to avoid pipes bursting is an important step, it is also necessary to understand what to do in the case of a plumbing emergency. For liability purposes and to ensure that pipes are repaired properly and according to code, hire a licensed Plumber in St Louis. Hoffmann Brothers is a licensed Plumbing, HVAC & Electrical Contractor. Not only can we fix your pipe, but any hvac or electrical damage the pipe burst may have caused, we can help with as well. Contact us today at 314-664-3011.

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