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Ask a Long Island Plumbing Expert: What to Do If My Pipes Burst

React Quickly to Reduce Damage Caused by Burst Pipes

It may be tough to get through Long Island winters, but it’ll be even tougher if the pipes in your home burst. This can happen if your home is not winterized enough and your pipes freeze.

As water freezes inside your pipes, it expands and pushes against the sides of the pipes, any nearby valves, faucets, and seams. That freezing and pushing motion puts strain on the pipes and will cause them to rupture and burst.

Don’t let it get to that point! If you don’t have water in your home during the wintertime, assume you have frozen pipes and take every step necessary to thaw them out.

How to Thaw Out Frozen Pipes in Long Island

  1. Set a hairdryer at its lowest setting and hold it over the pipe.
  2. Use a heat gun.
  3. Expose a boxed-in area of your pipes to heat coming from the inside of your home.
  4. Rub the pipes with warm, damp rags.
  5. Use heat tape, but be careful not to wrap it over itself as it could cause a fire.

However, despite your best efforts, the pipes may still burst. If they do, you need to act quickly in order to reduce the amount of damage that is done to your home.

What to Do if Your Pipes Burst

  1. Turn off the water at the meter.
  2. Turn off your central heating system
  3. TurnĀ on all the taps to drain the system so that there is no water flowing out of the pipes.
  4. Do not touch any electrical systems that may have been flooded with water. Turn off the electricity and wait for a professional.
  5. Once all that’ done, it’s time to call in Rebmann Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning!

When you call us, we will be over as soon as we can to stop those burst pipes, repair them, and get your home back to normal. Frozen and burst pipes can be a real pain – don’t suffer through that alone. Call Rebmann Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning today!

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