Burst pipes are distressing to deal with and, often times, an experienced plumber isn't enough. You need to take the right steps fast to protect your property and salvage your home!
When a water damage emergency is bigger than your local plumber, here are several steps you can take to get back to normalcy quicker:
Turn off your water
The first step should always be to turn off your water. Look for your main water shut off valve. If you don't know where it is, check around your water heater or in a crawl space. In some cases, it’s outside of your house. It usually is located on your property under a metal lid and close to your street. If you’re reading this before disaster strikes, go find it now and make sure everyone in your residence is familiar with its location and operation.
Check for electrical hazards
If you think water has potentially reached any of your electrical sockets or your fuse box, turn off your power as well. Keep an eye out for potential electrical hazards, such as connected appliances that could create an electrical current from water exposure.
Drain your faucets
Once you have turned off the water, drain your faucets to prevent water flow to the damaged pipe.
Start cleaning up the mess
Sop up the water with towels as soon as possible. It may be helpful to keep a set of ragged towels for emergency disposal if needed so you don’t ruin your good sets. Wipe up as much water on your floors and dry any items covered with water as quickly as possible. Dry everything as thoroughly as possible until a water damage restoration team, like Abba Property Solutions, can come to the rescue! The longer water has to seep into cracks and crevices, the more likely mold and mildew can grow in your home or your wood floors may warp.
If the damage is extensive or water is actively flowing for an extended period of time, you probably need the help of a damage restoration service to help dry your home and return your house back to normal standards.
Document all damage
If you are going to make an insurance claim, start documenting what happened. Luckily, companies like Abba are capable of taking detailed photos of the burst pipe and all associated damage to help ensure you pay little to no out of pocket costs. Make a list of everything that was damaged and total up your replacement costs. This will be helpful down the road to make sure you get your home back to its original state.
Need help dealing with damage from a burst pipe?
If you have water damage from a burst pipe or other damage, contact us now! Our experienced team of Jacksonville professionals will restore your home swiftly as if it is our own. If you’re reading this before disaster strikes, be sure to save our number in your phone so you can act fast in the event of any water damage emergency!