What should I do if a pipe breaks through? There are quite a few answers: in such a situation, it is necessary either to urgently call the repair team, or try to block the channel of water entry into the apartment on its own.
For those who find themselves in a similar situation, the most important thing is to gather courage and not panic, but the instructions on how to proceed during an accident are best read in advance.
So, the pipe burst through - what to do in this case? We decided to acquaint our reader with the basic recommendations, following which each of you will be able to cope with the breakthrough of the pipeline in a short time.
Call the plumber or emergency services
The most natural reaction to the trouble that has happened to you is a call to the housing and utilities service to call a repair team or a plumber on duty. Note that the choice of the subscriber who will need to call depends on who is responsible for the operational safety of the damaged pipe section, as well as on the day of the week on which this incident occurred.
In this case, the following options are possible:
If you don’t want a possible accident to hit you like snow on your head, be sure to get the phone numbers of your housing authority, emergency service or / or electrician on duty, and keep them always at hand or in the most prominent place. All these contact numbers can be found on the bulletin board of your housing association or on the doors of the entrance.
Shut off the pipe to the point of breakthrough
In the event that you have burst water into your home with the threat of flooding the apartment and neighbors, you must urgently take some measures that will at least reduce its head before the arrival of repair personnel. In such a situation, any actions that limit the zone of spreading water from the place of its breakthrough are good. In particular, you can do the following:
Substitute the container
The apartment valves with which the water supply is blocked, they are usually located directly in front of the counters that record the flow of fluid. As for the control valves of the heating system, you will most likely find them on the supply lines laid in the basement of the house.
You should also pay attention to the fact that when you break through the pipes with hot water, you must be very careful and use thick rubber gloves (to avoid skin burns).
After closing the riser and removing water from the floor of the apartment, you should take some measures to temporarily seal the breakout site. The fact is that by blocking the general riser, you thereby deprive the water and all the apartments connected to it. This will certainly cause discontent of your neighbors who will require you to eliminate the consequences of the accident as soon as possible.
In the event that the arrival of emergency service workers for some reason is delayed - you can try to eliminate the leakage pipes on your own.
To temporarily seal the breakout location, you will need a pair of screw clamps and a small piece of old rubber chamber used as a patch.
Clamp with rubber gasket
With these items in your household, you can make the following:
Procedure for installing a sealing gasket
Naturally, the resulting pie "of the overlays will help you to last only a few hours until the arrival of the emergency service. But all these actions will allow you at the same time to relieve tension in relations with neighbors, since you can slightly open the valve of the common riser in the basement.
Ways of eliminating leaks using improvised means: