One of the most unfortunate disasters you might have to deal with as a homeowner is a flooded home due to a burst plumbing pipe. On the one hand, the water is clean so there is less contamination to deal with than if your home is flooded by heavy rain, but the extent of water damage is just as bad no matter what the source of water is. Here are some steps to drying out and repairing your home when you've had a burst water pipe.
Find A Way To Stop The Water
The crucial first step is to turn off the water supply to your house. You should be able to do this by turning off the valve just outside your home, but depending on the circumstances, you might need to call an emergency plumber or your local water department to get the water shut off. Once the damaged pipe is located, you might be able to turn off a valve inside your home and isolate the area so you can still have running water in a kitchen or bathroom.
Dry Out The Water And Dampness
You'll probably have to dry out the house before repairs can be made on the pipe. That's because mold will grow if you delay. Plus, the plumber may not be able to work in an area that is wet. A water damage specialist can bring in equipment to vacuum out the water and pull the excess humidity from the air. Parts of the walls and flooring may need to be pulled out as well. If there was a lot of water in your home, or if it was wet for a long time, and you have to deal with mold, you might need to get rid of some furniture too unless it can be thoroughly dried and restored.
Repair The Burst Pipe And Damaged Areas
Before your home can be restored by putting in new flooring and drywall, the plumbing needs to be repaired. The plumber will determine the reason for the burst pipe. Unfortunately, one burst pipe could be a sign that other pipes are bad, too. If they are, then you may want to have them replaced at the same time so you don't repeat the water damage disaster in the future.
Replacing pipes might entail working behind walls and under the floor, so this work should be done before the damage restoration crew continues work on your home. Once the damaged pipe has been repaired and your plumbing is in good condition, your home can be restored to its original condition as long as it has dried out completely.
A burst water pipe emergency is a stressful event to deal with, but a professional restoration crew can get your home back in order as quickly as possible. The quicker you catch the water leak and stop the water, the easier it will be to clean up the damage. Your house can be damaged by a small leak as well as a big one, so if you suspect a pipe is leaking under the floor or under the slab, be sure to have it checked out by a plumbing services contractor before the water damages your home.