7 Steps To Take After a Pipe Breaks
When a Pipe Breaks, Follow These 7 Steps
Whether water freezes and breaks a pipe or the pipe gets old and ruptures, bursting pipes are one of most homeowners’ worst nightmares. Not only can the water quickly destroy the items inside the house, but it can also lead to other problems such as mold, mildew and pests. To slow the impact of the pooling water, take these seven steps.
1. Close the water valve.
Prevent further water from entering your home by turning off the water valve. If you can’t find a valve, turn off the water main in the street.
2. Call in the pros.
Contacting a water mitigation specialty team can speed your home’s recovery process. Not only are they knowledgeable, but they have the tools to fix a broken pipe and quickly renew your home.
3. Open a water faucet.
By opening a faucet on the same line as the leaking pipe after the water is off, any residual pressure can be alleviated.
4. Remove standing water.
Getting the water off the floor as quickly as possible can keep it from soaking down into flooring and up into walls. Stopping the water damage can save you not only money but also weeks of home repairs.
5. Sort through items.
Damaged items should be sorted as soon as possible into discard and salvageable piles. All wet items should then be removed from the area, with discarded items going to into the trash.
6. Ventilate the area.
Bursting pipes can leave the damaged area wet and muggy. To remove the humidity and help dry the area more thoroughly, ventilate the room. Open windows and set up fans to aid in the humidity transfer.
7. Call your insurance company.
Not all water problems need to be reviewed by an insurance adjuster, but if your damage is severe, call your insurance company and request they open a file.
Bursting pipes do not need to be a life-changer when you take these seven steps. You can be in control of keeping the water damage to a minimum, and that feels good.