Burst pipes in the home or workplace are one of the most common plumbing problems attended to. Pipes can burst for a variety of reasons so it is essential that you take note of a few key points:
1. Make sure you know where the isolation valve is for your property. These are normally located just outside the property boundary in a domestic house & a number of different locations in unit or townhouse complexes. If you live in a unit or townhouse & are unsure of where to find your isolation valve, speak with the other residents or ask your body corporate. It is important that you know how to shut off the water in case of an emergency.
2. Preventative maintenance is often overlooked but can save you potentially thousands of dollars in the long run. Visually inspect any braided hoses that you may have connected to taps, toilets & washing machines. These can rust out & perish over time & are a major cause of water leaks in properties. If yours are looking worse for wear call us ASAP.
3. Try to get an idea of where any underground pipe work is located in your property. A relaxing day in the garden can very quickly turn into a nightmare if a garden fork or crow bar finds its way through a pipe. You should also be aware of where any electrical or gas mains are located on your premises.
4. Water leaks are not always a torrent of water pouring out from under a sink. Constant wet patches around the yard can be the sign of an underground burst pipe as can water constantly running from your stormwater drain during dry periods. Stained ceilings & damp carpets can also be the sign of a small leak & should all be investigated further to find the cause.
5. Speak with us about installing individual isolation valves for your fixtures. A valve under your ensuite basin means that if the tap fails or service pipe bursts, you are able to isolate the water to that one fixture & not have to shut off the water supply to the entire property. It also removes the emergency from the situation & allows you to schedule a more convenient time with us to get the repair sorted.
What do I do if a pipe bursts on my property??
Do the following IMMEDIATELY:
Step 1: Switch off the water supply to the leaking pipe or fitting if one is available. If you can’t find it, switch off the main supply
Step 2: If the leakage is in proximity to electrical appliances, it could be dangerous, so switch off the electrical mains immediately.
While you are doing the above, have someone call us, so that a qualified plumber with the right equipment is on his way immediately. We are open for plumbing emergencies 24/7, so you can count on us to be there.
Salmon Plumbing’s highly experienced plumber will fix the leak and replace the damaged section of the pipe. If there is a reason why the burst occurred, for instance, pressure from another object, obstructing tree roots, aged pipe work, then our plumber will recommend corrective action.
Slow Dripping / Leaking Tap
Count the number of drips from your tap in one minute.
Fast Dripping / Leaking Tap
For drips faster than 5 drips per second, hold a measuring cup under the dripping tap and count how long it takes to fill up to 240ml.