Planning in Advance for a Burst Pipe | SERVPRO® of Gwinnett County South
It is never enjoyable to discover your home has undergone water damage, but if you are faced with a burst pipe, it can be quite shocking indeed. Because of the volumes of water they can produce, a burst pipe can lead to significant amounts of damage in a short amount of time.
Most people are surprised to discover just how common water damage can be. It is estimated that every year, at least one out of every 50 homes are impacted by water damage in America, but those who have planned ahead tend to experience much less severe damages.
How Can I Reduce the Damage From a Burst Pipe?
Shut off your water main. If a pipe bursts in your home, the water rushing in will not stop until the water is cut off entirely. Locating and turning off your home’s water at the source can stop the water from rushing into the impacted area.
Shut off your electricity. Making sure your electricity is turned off (if it is safe to reach your breaker box) is a smart way to prevent secondary damages from occurring if water comes into contact with wiring or electronics.
Contact your restoration company. Choosing a restoration company that you can contact 24 hours a day is a great way to ensure you can get in touch immediately should anything go wrong. The faster you start the restoration process, the easier it will be to mitigate the 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. Because each insurance policy is different, contacting your provider as soon as you can will help you determine if you are eligible to file a claim and how to go about it if you are.
Open windows and doors if possible. As you wait for your restoration company, wiping up water and opening windows and doors can aid the drying process and lessen the overall damage that the burst pipe caused.
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.