Each year, pipes freeze in the homes of more than 50 million families in the United States. It's not uncommon for frozen pipes to then burst, causing flooding and property damage.
If a pipe in your home bursts, there are a number of steps to immediately take. You should first, in all cases, shut down your home's main water supply. If it's heated water that's coming from the broken pipe, you should also close the valve attached to your hot water heater. After you've shut down the water, it's time to call a plumber for help with repairing or replacing the burst pipe.
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