4 Items You Need When Dealing With A Burst Outdoor Faucet

Posted on: 19 December 2014

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When you forget to disconnect the hose from your outdoor water faucet before a deep winter freeze, you may be dealing with a broken pipe and a flooded basement. You will need these four items to deal with the flood clean up and repairs.

Shop Vac

As soon as you see water gushing into your basement from the exterior wall and realize your outdoor water faucet has frozen, shut off the water valve to your house. This will stop any more water from pouring into your home. If you don't know where your home's water shut-off valve is, now is a good idea to find out where it is so you will be ready in case of this type of emergency.

Next, you will need to remove as much of the water from your basement floor as possible. This includes sucking up the standing water on the floor, and the water that has soaked into any carpeting. 

A shop vac is perfect for cleaning up water messes in your home as it is quicker than a mop and bucket. It is important to remove the water immediately to begin drying out your home because mold growth can happen as quickly as one to two days after a flood. 

Box Fans 

As soon as you have all the standing water sucked from your carpeting and floors, turn on several large fans in the wet areas to get them drying as soon as possible. If you have several fans, place them around the rooms to get good air circulation to dry the floors quickly. You can also use a dehumidifier in your flooded rooms to help remove moisture from the air to help the drying process.

Mold cannot be cleaned from porous surfaces such as carpet and carpet pad. If your carpets and padding are not dry within the first 48 hours of getting saturated, there is a good chance that mold has begun to grow in them. In this situation it is a good idea to discard your wet carpeting and replace it with new. Fortunately, most home owner's insurance covers home water damage repairs. 

If any of your drywall has become soaked with the broken pipe, you need to cut out the drywall and replace it with new. It is difficult to completely dry drywall and mold will begin to grow inside your wet walls in a couple of days. 

Faucet Insulator Or Freeze-Proof Faucet

Once you get the water mess cleaned up and your floors on their way to being dry, it is time to repair the broken or frozen outdoor faucet. 

The ice that froze inside your hose and spigot expanded and may or may not have cracked your water faucet. If you need to replace a cracked faucet, replace it with a freeze-proof faucet so it doesn't freeze in the future. If your faucet is not cracked, cover it with a faucet insulator to prevent it from ever freezing again. You can find both of these items at a local home improvement store.

To replace a cracked faucet:

  1. Remove the broken faucet with a pipe wrench, turning it counter-clockwise. Wipe off any debris from the end of the pipe with a rag. 
  2. Wrap the threads of the exposed pipe with thread seal tape, wrapping it around three times clockwise. 
  3. Screw on the new water faucet, turning it clockwise. Use your pipe wrench to tighten the faucet until it is secure. 

Your Plumber's Phone Number

To repair any cracked water pipe inside the exterior walls of your home, you can call a local plumber to do this. The plumber will need to locate the broken section of pipe, which may be behind drywall. If it is behind drywall, you will need to remove the drywall so the hole in the wall will give your plumber access to do the repair.

These items will get you through any frozen pipe water disaster in your home, and teach you the importance of preventing frozen faucets in the future. For more information, go to sites about water damage restoration.