Emergency Plumbing Questions & Info
Water Leaks & Burst Pipes – Q&A
Q: How can you tell if a pipe burst? How to Tell if You Have a Burst Pipe in Your House?
Answer: Any of the following can be a sign of a burst pipe.
- Water Pressure Changes. A hole in a pipe means less water comes through to your faucets
- Standing Water. If the leak is bad enough or goes on for some time, you may notice puddles, drips or gushing water coming out of the area
- Strange Sounds Associated with Water Use
- Increased Water Bills
Q: Is my plumbing problem an emergency? What is a plumbing emergency?
Answer: Top Emergency Plumbing Situations.
- Water Leak – any time water is leaking, it’s an emergency situation.
- A burst pipe is one big reason for major water damage.
Q: What do you do if a pipe bursts in your house?
Answer: When temperatures drop to record lows, here is what to do if a pipe bursts in your home or apartment:
- Shut off your water and, if necessary, electricity. Go to the home’s main water valve and shut it off immediately
- Call a plumber
- Start removing water
Q: What happens if a pipe bursts?
Answer: A burst water pipe in your home will cause damage eventually, depending on the location and severity of the pipe damage. Whether large or small, a burst pipe and resulting water will damage your walls, floors or belongings until the water is shut off and drained from flooded areas.
Q: Does homeowners insurance cover pipes that burst?
Answer: In general, water damage from a burst pipe inside your home will be covered by a standard homeowners’ insurance policy. If an outside pipe bursts and causes damage, that should be covered, too, though you must be able to demonstrate that the damage did indeed come from the burst pipe.