How to Deal with Flooding Caused by a Burst Pipe
Flooding can occur from a slow leak that suddenly builds over time, bursting a pipe. That stealthy leak can cause much damage over time, but the shear volume of water from a burst pipe can wreak total havoc, compromising the structural integrity of your home as well as ruining your furniture, carpeting and various belongings. There are other dangers you may not be aware of: the growth of mold, possible electrical fires due to circuits exposed to excess water—all affecting your family’s health and safety.
It’s important to contact a water damage restoration company to locate all of the leaks and take care of the damage itself, but there are things that you can do while you are awaiting their arrival. These measures will help to minimize damage to your property and make the eventual restoration process less costly to you. First and foremost, if the water level is rising, you should immediately shut off your water supply. You should also carefully relocate any electronic devices to a dry area, if possible. Check to see if water levels have reached electric wall sockets—you don’t want to electrocute yourself!
Once you’ve gotten the water level under control, it’s important to remove as much excess water as possible. If you have time, you can rent a sump pump to drain the water. As you’re doing this, you should also set up fans to evaporate the water, as well as dry surfaces and carpeting. Just be sure to plug any of those devices in a wall socket that has not been compromised by water or moisture.
Next, you’ll want to remove furniture and other items to a dry area—even if it’s to your driveway. Remember that fabric can hold moisture for a long time, which means those items can become breeding grounds for mold. If the water invasion is extensive, you may even want to completely relocate yourself and your family to temporary housing. Until you know the extent of the damage to your home, you and your family may be in danger of falling materials like plaster, wood and insulation. And don’t forget that water conducts electricity!
Once you’ve performed the above measures and everything appears to be dried out, and there seems to be minimal damage, you may think that water damage professionals are no longer needed. For piece of mind, you should definitely contact the professionals. They have all of the necessary equipment and experience to locate any and all possible leaks. They also have mold remediation experience and can search for all instances of mold growth, both removing it and taking preventative measures. Be sure to do your research in selecting reputable water damage restoration companies via reviews, references and certifications.
Another benefit from having professionals take care of your water damage problem? Insurance. You’ll likely have to file a claim with your insurance company. The water damage restoration company can provide all of the necessary reports to submit to your insurance company so that your claim will be processed quickly.
So, when you experience that sudden invasion of water, don’t wait to begin dealing with problem. The longer you wait, the worse the damage. And don’t wait to contact the professionals—when you’re dealing with ongoing water damage, time is of the essence! Call Orange Restoration today! (619) 376-6838