You may have taken steps to prevent burst pipes, yet your pipes burst anyway. If this unfortunate event strikes your home, you must take steps as quickly as possible to ward off more damage. You can take some actions yourself before calling for professional help.
HOW TO KNOW WHEN YOUR PIPES BURST
You can call a plumber to see if you have a burst pipe or a different plumbing problem. The main objective is to not delay in finding an answer. These are the signs that your pipes have burst:
- You have significant water pressure changes.
- You have standing water in your home.
- You hear strange sounds when water is used in your home.
- Your water bill is noticeably higher.
If you have noticed any of these signs, it’s critical to get help right away. An untreated burst pipe can cause extensive damage to your home. You must fix the burst pipe before you experience significant flooding in your home.
WHEN YOUR PIPES BURST
Pipes are more likely to burst in older homes, but they can happen in any home if the conditions are favorable. They are most likely to burst in the winter when temperatures drop below freezing, but they can also occur at other times of the year. These are the three steps to take when your pipes burst.
Shut Off Water and Electricity
As soon as you notice a burst pipe, shut off the water main to your home. It’s also wise to shut off all electricity to prevent electrical injuries. If you can’t find the main shutoff areas in your home, contact your utility providers.
Start Cleaning Up
The sooner you begin cleaning up, the less chance mold and mildew has to grow. Open up doors and windows while you use mops and shop vacs to remove water. Use fans and dehumidifiers to help remove water from the air as well.
Call for Help
If water damage has already occurred, it’s unlikely that you can clean it up all by yourself. You may have water damage in places you can’t see, such as in your walls or subfloors. It’s essential to call Cleaning and Restoration Specialists for help within 24 hours of discovering burst pipes.
GET PROFESSIONAL HELP
You can prevent burst pipes by insulating pipes and inspecting them for problems. In cold months, you can keep a faucet open with a small drip to prevent freezing. But you can’t always prevent this problem from occurring, and that’s when you need to call for professional help.
At Cleaning and Restoration Specialists, we have years of experience in helping you recover from water damage. Our team of specialists can restore your home to its original condition. If you are ready to restore your home after a pipe has burst, contact us at Cleaning and Restoration Specialists at 210-610-5349 for service 24 hours a day, 7 days per week.