WHAT SHOULD YOU DO WHEN A PIPE BURSTS IN YOUR HOME

No homeowner can go out for long without plumbing problems happening: a bad toilet functioning, various escapes from kitchen appliances and more. The most damaging plumbing problem happens when a pipe bursts, sometimes flooding your house before you even know what's happened.

That's a lot of water damage happening at once, and you will need to deal with it as soon as possible. Besides damaging materials such as drywall and flooring, the long term effects of so much excess moisture translates to mould growth. Mold spores can move through your ventilation system wreaking havoc on everyone's health.

If the flood happened in a small area, perhaps in only one room, you should be able to perform the majority of the clean up yourself. However, if a significant water leak has occurred affecting several chambers, even traveling from an upper section to a lower level of your house, or the leaking has gone unnoticed for more than 8 hours, you should contact a professional water mitigation company since very specialized drying equipment will probably be necessary. You can also contact water damage restoration services toknow more about the different water damage types. 

Here's what you need to do so as to handle a minimal amount of water damage:

Avoid electric shock!

When dealing with water invasion, your first task should be to close the electric power to your house if the flow has occurred near electrical appliances and outlets. This way you can focus on your clean up efforts without having to worry about an electric shock.

Salvage what you can

It is a given that you're likely to have soaked carpets and furniture and a lot of it may be destroyed beyond repair. This is the time for a few item-sorting triage. Move anything that is salvageable to a dry area, assuming these items haven't absorbed a significant amount of water. Your carpet will likely need to be replaced, but you should remove the water-soaked sections quickly.

It is time to mop the floors

If there's still considerable water on the floors use towels and a mop to wash the flooring. A wet-dry Shop-Vac may be used to effectively remove excess water. If you don't have your own you can usually rent a unit at the local hardware and home improvement store.

Use fresh, dry air

Assuming it is not raining outside, you should open doors and windows so as to bring fresh, dry air into your home. Also, when you have fans (any size will do) set them up close to the flooded area and turn them on to their highest setting.

The last two steps utilize advanced methods for eliminating all of that extra water. You might not feel especially confident in performing these tasks, and that's understandable. But do not fret, just call a professional restoration company and they will handle your water damage problem expertly.

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