5 Steps To Take To Minimize Water Damage After A Pipe Bursts

Posted on: 10 April 2015

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A plumbing disaster can happen at any time, and it is hard to predict when a pipe in your home may burst. The key to dealing with a water disaster is to stay calm and take the appropriate steps to fix the situation. Use the following tips to deal with an unexpected flood from a burst pipe in your home:

Shut Off the Water Main

When water is pouring into a room in your home, it is easy to panic. Don't try to make repairs to a pipe while the water is flowing- just turn off the water main to your home to stop the flooding. Typically the water main for your home can be found somewhere around the perimeter of your house- it is a good idea to look for it in advance so you can find it in the case of an emergency.

Turn Off the Electricity for the Room

You don't want to spend time in a wet, flooded room that has live electricity. You can disconnect power to a specific room through your circuit breaker box. Do this as soon as possible in order to greatly reduce the chance of electrocution. 

Remove Important Belongings

A pipe can burst in any room in your home; if it happens, it is important to get your cherished items out of the area quickly before they become water damaged. If possible, have a family member turn off the water while you remove you belongings before they become water damaged.

Start Running a Fan As Soon As Possible

Flowing water can greatly damage carpeting and drywall; running a fan as soon as possible after a burst pipe can help the drying out process. Use as many fans as possible, and make sure that they are pointed directly at the area that has received water damage.

Contact a Water Remediation Company

Fans can help in the case of a very minor flood, but if a burst pipe has caused extensive water damage, it is important to contact an experienced water remediation company as soon as possible. A reputable company will be able to set up dehumidifiers immediately, and pull up carpet if it is soaked.

In the case of an extreme water emergency, many water remediation companies can provide advanced services to repair water damaged dry wall, and help prevent mold from growing in the home. In some cases drywall may not be able to be repaired, so contact your homeowners insurance carrier if you need walls to be replaced by a drywall repair professional.