It’s that time of year again! Days get shorter, temperatures plummet, snow falls, and water pipes burst. In fact, the biggest cause of burst pipes is frigid weather, which freezes the water inside exposed pipes until the pressure of that expansion causes a catastrophic event.
So what do you do right after a pipe bursts?
Turn Off The Main Water Valve
You know where that valve is located, yes? It’s the valve inside your house on the pipe that brings water in from the outside source. It’s usually in the basement or in a crawl space. It tends to be on the front foundation wall, especially for homes that are connected to a municipal water supply. If your house is built on a slab with no basement or crawl space, the main water shut off valve is often under the sink or near the water heater.
Once you locate the valve, shut off the supply of water to your home in order to minimize further flow or leakage.