The most common way a home suffers from water damage isn’t from a storm or other type of natural disaster. It’s most likely going to happen from a burst water pipe. There are many reasons for a pipe to burst, such as freezing, corrosion, a clog that builds too much water pressure, and many other causes. Some you can prevent, but when it happens you are left with a mess to clean up. Today we will look at what you need to do in order to minimize the damage caused by a burst pipe.
Shut Off the Water
The first thing you need to do is shut off your water main. This is usually located in the basement or crawlspace of your home. Once that has been shut off, then you need to empty the pipes by flushing the toilets a few times and running the tap. Start with the cold water, then turn off your water heater and run the hot water tap.
If the water is close to any electrical outlets or fuse boxes you will want to shut off the electricity as well. This may be an inconvenience, but under the circumstances it’s best to be safe.
After you have turned off the water and, if necessary the electricity, you need to locate the burst pipe. In most cases this will be obvious, but if it’s not you will need to find it.
Document the Water Damage
You will need to start cleaning up right away, but before you do, try to quickly document the damage for insurance purposes. Even some quick pictures from your phone before you start trying to clean up will help when you file an insurance claim.
Get Rid of the Water
Once you have shut off the water and documented the damage, it’s time to start the clean up. If it’s just a few inches, you can use a mop or a wet/dry vac. For anything more than that you will need to use a pump. You can find these at your local hardware store. Once you have cleaned up the standing water, it’s time to dry everything. Wipe down smaller objects with an antimicrobial cleaner to prevent mold and allow them to air dry. Open windows if the weather permits; use fans and space heaters to dry the area. Don’t use your a/c unit because it can spread microbes into the air.
Water damage is sneaky. Even if you have dried everything yourself to the best of your abilities it can still lurk in unseen or hard to clean places. Even a small amount of water damage if left untreated can cause rot, which will lead to structural damage and mold. This can be hazardous to your health. Don’t risk your health and your home. When a pipe bursts call the professionals at ABCO Restoration. We know exactly how to clean up water damage safely. We have been helping families clean up and get their lives back in order for over 40 years. Check out what we do and how we can help here.