Water Emergencies: How To Handle a Water Pipe Burst in the House

Burst pipes in the plumbing system is one of the most common water damage issues faced by property owners. There are many different factors that can cause a water pipe burst in the house, and the most important consideration is to get timely help to minimize the damage.

Some reasons why a water pipe burst can occur in the house includes frozen pipes in winter, pipe failure due to age, damage, or even misuse. In any scenario, the pipe is put under immense pressure. If left untreated, the pipe will eventually fail and break. Not all pipe bursts are instantly detected. In some cases, it may a while before any visible signs can be identified.

How To Handle Pipe Bursts Inside The House

Now that you know what causes water pipes to burst, here are a few recommendations on what to do in case of an emergency:

  • Remember that not every pipe burst results in a torrent of water. Look for any possible signs of a burst pipe, such as damp patches on floors, walls, and ceilings. Often unusual noises in the plumbing system, a loss of water pressure, and even faults in the electrical system can be indicative of trouble in the home’s pipelines.
  • water pipe burst in houseIf a pipe burst is suspected, then shut off the main valve that controls the water supply on the property. Close the valve completely and open faucets at home to allow water to run completely from the plumbing system.
  • Take care not to use electrical devices, including sockets and light switches. If water is indeed leaking, it can easily have affected the electrical system and be a potential health hazard.
  • If the burst is visible, remove any furniture as well as other belongings from the affected area.

Quick Fixes for Burst Pipe Repair

Quickly treating a burst pipe can help slow or stop a leak long enough to get professional assistance from a qualified plumbing contractor. In the meantime, try to temporarily stop the leak in the following ways:

water pipe burst in houseDuct tape

To stop a pinhole leak, apply pressure to the fissure by wrapping duct tape around the pipe. However, since duct tape can only withstand so much pressure, it may only be suitable for a very small opening. In such instances, you will need to rely on a sturdier fix.


Pair up a C-clamp with a block of wood and a piece of rubber to stop a small leak.

After turning off the water at the main shut off valve, place the piece of rubber over the spot where the leak is detected. Place the woodblock on top of the rubber and open the C-clamp to surround the pipe, the gasket material, and the flattened wood block. Position the stationary part of the C-clamp opening against the pipe and screw the clamp against the wood block. Tighten until the clamp is snug.

Sleeve clamp

Another quick option is to use a sleeve clamp that is suitable for small to larger leaks. Start by wrapping the damaged part of the pipe with the gasket material provided and surround the gasket wrapped piece with the two semicircular clamps. Tighten screws that connect the two halves of the sleeve clamp.

Fix Burst Water Pipes With Tidal Wave Response

All of these solutions are temporary measures that will prevent water damage in your home until you can secure a permanent fix.

Contact Tidal Wave Response, the water damage restoration experts, at 770-693-4568. We are a licensed Atlanta contractor that can see to all your water damage restoration needs and offer long term solutions to make your home a safe and dry place to live in.

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