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What to do when a pipe bursts

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2020

burst pipe is a common plumbing problem that homeowners face today. In the case of a burst water pipe, it can cause massive damage to your house. This plumbing issue allows water to leak into ceilings, walls, and floors which can cause structural damage if repairs are delayed.

Burst pipe water damage is caused by different factors such as corrosion, water pressure, and frozen pipe damage. If you experience burst pipe damage, the first thing you need to do is shut off the water and if necessary the electricity. From there, call a plumber right away so that you can repair the damaged pipe.

Process of water removal

The flooding has stopped - what's next? How to clean everything up: Process of water removal

After flooding has stopped, you need to act immediately to remove the water from your house. There are different ways that homeowners can remove water that has flooded their home due to pipe damage. You can use shop-vacuums, buckets or water pumps to remove the water yourself. However, you should hire a professional to handle a house flooded by a burst pipe. These technicians have submersible pumps that can be used to remove excess water.

Once the floodwater is sucked out and mopped up, the next thing is to dry out the house. This is often done by professionals with structural drying equipment, to dry your property safely. You might think that opening windows to increase ventilation, but this can actually delay the drying process and cause further damage to the property. It is better to leave drying to the professionals, who will monitor the process and make sure it is done correctly.

Water damage restoration

How to restore everything to its previous condition: The full process of water damage restoration

Water damage from a pipe burst can affect drywall, floors, and walls of your home and the insulation system as well as electricity lines. Also, water-damaged structures can become susceptible to mold growth. You should address water damage immediately because it can worsen the problem in case it is untreated. The following are the steps of the water damage restoration:

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The first step is to contact emergency professionals so that they can handle water damage right away.

Step 2: Inspection and Assessment of Water Damage

The second step of water damage restoration is the inspection of the property and damage assessment.
In this step, an identification of the water type is done to find if it is in category 1, category 2 or category 3. From there, they will inspect the extent of water damage. This helps define what is required in the restoration.

Step 3: Water Removal/ Water Extraction

The water removal step entails the removal of the majority of water from the property or home. This reduces the drying time which helps prevent secondary water damage and mold.

Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification

The drying and dehumidifying step involves the manipulation of temperature as well as relative humidity and moisture. Specialized equipment such as dehumidifiers and air movers help remove water that is retained by building materials.

Step 5: Cleaning and Sanitizing

Professionals can choose different cleaning methods according to the needs of the property, such as wet cleaning, dry cleaning, abrasive cleaning, foam cleaning, spray and wipe. Possible sanitizing treatments include antibacterial, antimicrobial and disinfectant treatments.

Step 6: Restoration

The sixth and final step entails the process of restoring your business or home to pre-water damage conditions. Restoration involves minor repairs like replacing drywall as well as installing new carpet.

Mold prevention

How to prevent mold from appearing after the house was flooded: Mold prevention services

Mold and mildew usually grow in dark and damp areas. A pipe burst can lead to water damage that provides moisture which allows mold to grow. When your building is damp for 24 to 48 hours it will provide great conditions for mold to grow. Mold exposure can subject your family to allergic symptoms like cough, headaches, irritated skin, and itchy throat/ eyes.

To prevent mold growth, it is important to make sure your property is cleaned and dried as soon as possible after the water damage occurs. The longer you wait, the more likely it is that you will need mold remediation services as well. The easiest way to ensure that the water is removed correctly is to hire a professional water damage restoration service.

Here's what you need to do for a complete burst pipe restoration:

If your house has received water damage due to a pipe bursting, make sure you contact a plumbing service so that they can fix the pipe. Once the pipe burst has been fixed, call Flood Damage Pro, a team of specialists who have got your back when a pipe bursts. Our water damage restoration specialists will document the extent of damage to your property. Based on the extent of water damage, experts will look at the best way they can restore your house to its original condition.

 
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