Pipes Bursting in Winter

If you find a pipe where the water inside has frozen over, and the pie has not burst yet then the best thing to do is to thaw the pipe out. Turn off the water supply to the area first, and then attempt to melt the water inside by using gentle heat such as from a hairdryer, or a space heater. Do not use open flame, and a blow torch as this will only result in damage to the pipes.

What to do when a pipe bursts?

As soon as you detect a burst pipe, turn off the water supply to the area immediately. If any electrical connections have been soaked by the escaping water, or if you suspect them of being damaged then do not use these connections until they have been checked by a handyman.

Mitigating the damage

Forewarned, is forearmed they say. And such is the case with your Brisbane plumbing lines as well. Devices that detect excessive water flow from pipes, and take precautionary measures to stop the flow immediately are a good investment. Leak detection systems should be in place to detect any leaking pipes which can later freeze and burst.

If you are leaving your property unoccupied

If you are going away and your home is going to be unoccupied for a while, then make sure that you leave the heating on to reduce chances of any pipes freezing and bursting. Turn off the main water supply and drain the pipes off all excess water.

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