Burst pipes can represent a homeowner's worst nightmare. While not all burst pipes flood an entire area, even small leaks can endanger your property, belongings and personal safety.
When you notice a burst pipe, let Royalty Plumbing and Gas pinpoint the problem and repair the piping.
But what should you do once our technicians finish? In this blog, we guide you through the first few steps to recover from a burst pipe.
Put Safety First
While you might want to immediately rush in to rescue your belongings, consider your physical safety first. If there are still any pipe openings, ensure you turn the water off. If you have any water damage near appliances or electrical outlets, turn off the power before you start trying to start drying wet areas.
Once you turn off the power, unplug any electronics in the area and move them safely out of the way.
Move Bulky Furnishings
Bulky furnishings, especially upholstered couches and chairs, can retain water even after your carpets dry out. Once you know the area is safe, move your furniture out of the room. If the weather permits, put your furnishings outside so they can air dry.
Take apart your furniture as much as you can to prevent water from lingering in crevices. Let cushions and throw pillows dry independently of other furnishings.
Get Rid of Any Standing Water
If you notice puddles near the source of the leak, first get rid of the standing water. Use a bucket to move deeper water outside. For shallow puddles, put down towels and put pressure on them to soak up as much water as possible.
As a towel becomes saturated, switch it out for a dry towel. At this point, do not attempt to pull up your carpeting as this can cause permanent damage if not done correctly. If your efforts don't seem to be doing much, consider contracting a professional service to dry and clean your carpets.
Ventilate and Dehumidify
Once you get rid of any remaining water, ensure you ventilate the area. If the weather allows, open your doors and windows to let in fresh air. Regardless of whether or not you can crack the windows, use fans, your cooling system and a dehumidifier if you have it do help air flow through.
Ventilate the area for 12 to 24 hours if possible given the workings of your household. Do not use any heat, whether it's your home heater or a hair dryer, to help dry the area. Warm temperatures and moisture create the ideal growing environment for mould and bacteria.
Record Any Damage
Once you begin to repair the damage to your home, but before your flooring and furnishings dry, record the area. If possible, take pictures of any corrosion, stains or water damage. You'll need these images if you choose to file an insurance claim to help you cover the cost of repairs or renovations.
Additionally, file away your invoice after your plumber finishes. Your insurer may need this information to fully process your claim. Once you have a start on recovery, contact your insurer to determine how your homeowner's or renter's insurance will be affected by the incident.
Seek Professional Help As Needed
If you notice spots, especially on your flooring or walls, that don't seem to be drying as quickly or completely as the rest of your home, seek help from a professional drying service. Additionally, if you notice any signs of mould or mildew after your initial recovery period, seek mould remediation immediately.
Use these tips to restore your home to its clean, dry and welcoming state, in spite of any damage left by a damaged pipe.