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When you suffer a pipe burst it can cause you many problems if you do not deal with it straight away as a water emergency is able to instantly cause damage to the main structure of your house and should it reach your electrical system it is seriously hazardous to you and your family. Therefore it is critical that you take immediate action as soon as you discover a split pipe. The split could be due to freezing water inside that has expanded. Holloway Plumbers are able to find and fix burst pipework.
Locate and isolate the main stop-cock, which is usually fitted under the kitchen sink or the point at which the cold water supply enters your home.

You should open up all your taps and also flush your WC, as this will help drain the water away quickly. Switch off your central heating system, immersion heater and any other water heater. Once the water heating is off, turn on the hot taps to help drain the system. If you think the water is going to breach your main electrical outlets or any electrical appliance, isolate the mains straight away. If the mains switch is wet, don’t touch it or you could risk electrocution. If the water is leaking upstairs, the ceilings may begin to bulge, so the affected room may not be safe to enter. If this is the case ceiling but you’re confident that there is no danger, you should pierce a small hole in it with a screwdriver to let the water drain into buckets. If you are not confident enough to fix a burst pipe on your own, you should call in a professional like a Holloway Plumber to repair the problem.

It is possible to prevent burst pipes from occurring by following the advice below:
Always insulate your loft and your your water supply pipework.
Keep your loft warm on chilly days by opening up the loft hatch
Isolate the water supply pipework to your home and drain everything if you go away on holiday.
Pay attention to plumbing maintenance issues like dripping taps as these can freeze if the temperature drops

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