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HELP ME! I am having an emergency. Pipe burst..

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by WebmasterWorkforce, Aug 30, 2012.

  1. WebmasterWorkforce

    WebmasterWorkforce BANNED BANNED

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    Ok, here's the situation. I have been house sitting my mom's house while she was away in Ireland for three weeks. She comes home tomorrow morning. So I was cleaning the place up and when I was cleaning the shower the shower head thingy kind of went into the wall a little bit. I noticed the loss of some of the water pressure so I went down stairs is soaked. The water came through the ceiling from the broken pipe.

    So, I quickly ran around looking for a wet/dry vac which there was none to be found. I then decided to hop in the car and go to this 24-hour Wal-Mart a few towns over. Of course they had nothing that could help me. The not-so-helpful employee suggested I go to Home Depot after I explained what had happened. I asked him if they were open (it's after midnight now). He literately scratched his head when he said 'no' lol!

    Anyhow I came up with what I thought was a brilliant idea and took the filter out of one of the vacuum cleaners here. That worked great for a few seconds before water started shooting out of different parts of the vacuum.

    Any suggestions? She will be here in less than 8 hours.

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  2. bobbylove321

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    Get one of your neighbors to help you out, or call the landlord, or call a plumber.

    It's better to get an expert to help you out quickly before the problem gets worse.
     
  3. tashrif

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    i thought it was something else. lol
     
  4. UpMyKilt

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    There should be a water shut off valve somewhere - if the water is still flowing, you might need to turn it off at the main. If you're lucky, there maybe shut off valves to different parts of the home, so you can still have water in the kitchen. That would be the first thing you probably need to do; find the shut off valve.
     
  5. Remington

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    Shut off the water! Not at the shower, but somewhere along the pipe that leads to that point. There should be a main shutoff near where it enters the house, but try to look for one higher than that - shutting it ALL off could result in death to the water heater if the heater goes dry.

    She's probably going to be pissed no matter what, but at least shutting off the water will keep it from getting worse.

    Oh, and what BobbyLove said. A 24-hour plumber is definitely a good thing.
     
  6. WebmasterWorkforce

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    I can deal with the pipe issue myself later, the situation I have is the downstairs carpet is saturated. I can't even walk on it without it splashing up - lol!

    Thankfully it was just the shower head pipe there so as soon as I turned off the water in the shower the downstairs stopped getting soaked, but the damage has been done.

    :(
     
  7. darkmonk

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    Turn the water off! There should be an access panel on the opposite side of the wall from the shower head. Unscrew it, and get the water turned off so it doesn't continue leaking.

    I would just use towels to soak up the water. A wet vac is really the way to go, do you have a 24 hour grocery store nearby that might rent them? Wet vac as much as possible, and get some fans blowing. And then wait for your mom to get home. You might need to get into the wall to patch the pipe if it really did burst in the wall, but probably need a set of experienced eyes on it to determine where the water is really coming from.

    If you are adventurous and feel like trying to fix it all night:

    - open access panel, turn off water
    - Remove shower head
    - Try to inspect where pipe is broken or water is coming from
    - If its in the wall, go to 24 hour walmart and get: solder, blowtorch, flux, drywall patch compound, a patching blade if you don't have one, drywall screws, drill, wall paint, ceiling paint
    - Carefully cut the drywall between the studs to get access behind the wall. If your shower is tile or has one of those tub/shower inserts, stop, you're screwed. You'll need to access it from the other side, which is probably in a closet or hallway.
    - After you cut a hole in the wall and determine what pipe is broken,you'll need to patch it. I don't know if Walmart sells piping. You may need to wait until first thing in the morning and go to home depot. Measure the pipe so you know what diameter you need. Grab some couplings while at home depot.
    - Hack the pipe around the break, solder couplings and new piece of pipe into place using the solder and blow torch
    - Get some scrap wood and attach it to the 2x4's, then screw drywall piece you cut out back into place
    - patch with compound
    - repaint

    Now downstairs:
    - cut wet drywall out of ceiling
    - measure thickness, go get a new sheet of drywall at home depot to match
    - carefully cut to size to fit in hole you cut out, you may want to enlarge the hole up to halfway across each rafter, so theres a lip to screw the drywall into
    - Screw the drywall to the ceiling
    - Patch with compound
    - Repaint ceiling

    If you're lucky maybe it didn't actually burst but its a leaking joint in the wall, in which case you might get away with just resoldering the joint.
     
  8. ButcherPete

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    That's bad... My water heater sprung a leak a couple months ago, and it soaked a good part of my carpet. I had to move all my furniture out of the area, rip up the carpet, lift up the pad under the carpet, and dry them with a fan. It took several days to dry it out and it was a total pain in the ass... Then after all the carpet was dry and I put it back, the carpet wasn't fastened down against the wall again, so now it's kind of curled up at the edge. I have the laziest landlord in the world, so I can't get him out here to fasten it back down. Hell, I'm lucky I even got him to replace the water heater!

    You might have to get all that carpet ripped up and replaced.
     
  9. darkmonk

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    Just realized - You have a 24 hour walmart. Go back and buy a cheap wet vac. You might get lucky and save the carpet.
     
  10. partymarty4870

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    the carpet is screwed - sorry to tell you that but even when dry it will stink.

    home insurance covers these things
     
  11. WebmasterWorkforce

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    That was where I went as soon as this happened. They didn't have anything that would help me.
     
  12. argh11

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    Yes, getting your carpet dry is very important. Most times you have to take up your carpet and put a big blower/fan accross the pad to dry it out as well like ButcherPete said. You can soak it up mostly with towels but the carpet will need to come up quickly so it doesn't start growing mold underneath. If you wait too long you may have to just replace the carpet. Too long might be just 24 hours depending on where you live and the conditions for growing mold.

    That said, sorry this happened to you and good luck on getting it fixed quickly!
     
  13. ReALeST

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    Take it out to dry and tell her u were bored and decided to wash it:p
     
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    If there is wood under the carpet, you better pull the pad back and dry it out too. This isnt gettin fixed by tomorrow.

    If you have a dryer, lay towels across the wet section and walk them until they are soaked, them pull them off, throw more down and dry the first ones. You can get up a lot of the water, but it will still be in and under the pad.

    Having handyman for a customer finally pays off!!



     
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    you should be careful not to get electrocuted if you're using a vaccum cleaner in a puddle of water
     
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    I appreciate all the advice guys. What I wound up doing was going to a local grocery store today and renting one of those Rug Doctor carpet cleaners. I didn't bother getting the carpet cleaning solution, I was just getting the machine to suck up all the water. It worked like a charm (and it was just a little over $20).

    :D
     
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    And a Happy Ending. :D Cheers :)
     
  19. angelas111

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    you need a bilge pump from walmart or something. that's what keeps the water out of a boat.