How to Lessen the Damage Caused by a Burst Pipe | SERVPRO® of Fallbrook/South Oceanside
While there is no favorable type of water damage to happen to your home, one of the worst types you can experience is a burst pipe. Damages from burst pipes can happen quickly and impact entire rooms at once, but if you know what to do, you can significantly reduce the damage that is caused.
Though we all hope water damage will not happen to us, many people underestimate how frequently water damage occurs. Around one in 50 homes will be impacted by water damage annually, but those who have a plan tend to experience less severe damage overall.
Creating a Plan to Prepare for a Burst Pipe
Shut off your water main. When a pipe bursts, there will generally be water gushing into the impacted area until the water main is turned off. Knowing where your water main is and how to do this is important so you can stop the water from flowing in right away.
Shut off your electricity. If you can safely get to your breaker box, cutting off the power to your home is wise until the water can be cleaned up. This will prevent the chances of water creating a shock or fire risk after coming into contact with an electrical appliance.
Contact your restoration company. Taking care of water damage quickly is the best way to prevent further issues from arising, which is why we recommend choosing a restoration company you can get in touch with at any hour to report your damages.
Take a record of the damages. Recording what has been damaged throughout your home is helpful for you, and will come in handy if you are able to file an insurance claim, too. Pictures, videos and lists can help make sure that nothing falls through the cracks as you begin to recover.
Contact your insurance company. Every insurance policy is different, but it is always best to get in touch with yours so you can determine if and how you can file a claim. They will be able to tell you exactly what steps to take to maximize the amount you can get for recovery.
Open windows and doors if possible. As you wait for your restoration company, increasing airflow and speeding evaporation can help the drying time of the impacted room. Just make sure that the weather outside is okay and it is safe to get to your windows and doors.
If you have water damage in your home due to a burst pipe or another cause, you can count on us for restoration assistance. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services.