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March 7, 2018

What to Do if a Pipe Bursts in Your Home

It’s every homeowner’s worst nightmare—coming home only to find flooding from a burst pipe. It is very difficult not to panic, but the steps you take immediately after a pipe bursts will affect whether or not your home suffers a great deal of damage.

Stop the Water Flow

First, you should immediately turn off the flow of water in your home, even if you are not sure which pipe is broken. You should go to the water main and turn the stop tap. In most cases, this is located under your kitchen sink or wherever the main service pipe is connected to your home. Make sure that every member of your household, young and old, knows where this is located.

Once you stop the flood of water, you should drain the pipes. Run cold water through all faucets in your home and flush each toilet at least one time. Turn off your hot water heater. Next, you should return to the faucets and run the hot water until it is all gone. Once the tap water supply inside of the pipes has been depleted, the water will stop flooding into your home.

Find the Problem

If you aren’t immediately sure which pipe has burst in your home, you should try to locate the pipe. See what damage has been done and call a plumber. Keep in mind that major water pipes will take more money, time and effort to replace because of the number of connections. A small pipe underneath a sink will be more affordable to swap out. The plumber who comes to your home will be able to determine the best course of action and make repairs.

Call Professional Water Damage Experts

Next, you need to remedy the water damage to your home. Professional water remediation services know the right way to dry out your home quickly and reduce the likelihood of permanent damage. Running the ceiling fan and opening the window is not enough! Professionals have equipment and tools to dry the affected areas of your home rapidly. Additionally, a professional can complete mold testing to see if mold and mildew have taken root in your home. It’s best to invest in professional services upfront instead of spending thousands down the road to fix a bigger problem.  

Remedy Water Damage with Flood Department

Flood Department emergency water removal can complete a wide range of mold removal, flood damage restoration and clean-up services. To learn more about our services and whether or not you have a mold problem on your hands, give us a call at 855-350-0360.