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What to Do If a Pipe Bursts & Your Home Starts Flooding


A burst pipe in your home is not only a nuisance but also a safety hazard. If you find yourself in this situation, you must act quickly to prevent further damage to your property and belongings. At Moe Plumbing Services, we are experienced in dealing with burst pipes and plumbing floods, and we understand how overwhelming the situation is.

Don't panic; this blog post will discuss what causes pipes to burst and what you should do to mitigate the water damage.

What Causes Pipes to Burst?

Pipes can burst for various reasons, such as freezing temperatures, high water pressure, age, corrosion, and clogs. Many people have heard of burst pipes occurring during winter when water freezes inside the pipes and expands, causing them to crack. And yes, this can even happen here in Los Angeles, though it is rare.

Pipes can also burst due to excessive water pressure, which can cause them to weaken over time, bursting unexpectedly when they finally give way. Additionally, older pipes or pipes that are corroded or clogged are more susceptible to bursting.

Signs that you may be dealing with a burst pipe include:

  • Unusually High Water Bill: If your water bill suddenly skyrockets without a clear reason, it could be due to a burst pipe somewhere that's leaking water continuously.
  • Sound of Running Water: If you can hear running water when all your taps are off, this could indicate a burst pipe somewhere in your home.
  • Reduced Water Pressure: A sudden drop in water pressure could mean water escaping from your system via a burst pipe.
  • Unexpected Flooding: If you notice sudden water accumulation in your house, especially around walls and floors, it may signal a pipe has burst.

What Should You Do To Mitigate Water Damage?

If you suspect that a pipe has burst in your home, you should first shut off the main water supply. This will prevent any further water from entering your home. It is also recommended that you shut off the electricity to all affected areas for safety reasons.

Once you have turned off the water and ensured your safety, you can try to remove as much water as possible from the affected area and dry it as much as you can. We also encourage you to set up fans and open windows to increase airflow. Doing so can help reduce mold and mildew growth.

Finally, call Moe Plumbing Services for emergency service as soon as possible.

How a Plumber Can Help Fix a Burst Pipe

If you experience a burst pipe, it is critical to call a plumber for emergency service immediately. A burst pipe can cause extensive water damage to your property and create a potential safety hazard. A plumber will have the expertise and proper tools to assess the damage, locate the source of the problem, and repair or replace the damaged pipe. A professional plumber will also be able to ensure that all safety precautions are taken to prevent any further damage or accidents.

At Moe Plumbing Services, we have the expertise and resources to handle all types of plumbing emergencies, including burst pipes and plumbing floods. Contact us today for help.