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Your Pipe Bursts, Now What?

12/20/2019 (Permalink)

Your Pipe Bursts, Now What?

'Tis the season for colder temperatures and even worse, FREEZING temperatures. Homeowners will have to deal with the unfortunate, but common reality of freezing and bursting pipes causing damage in their homes. SERVPRO of Chesterfield wants you to take the proper steps if this happens so you can avoid even more damage and costly repairs.

The First Step: Shut off the Water

Every homeowner should be aware of your water shut off locations, but if not, they are most likely located in your basement, near your water heater, or in a crawl space. Once you shut off the water, open all faucets to drain the excess water in the pipes and flush all toilets to relive the pressure in your pipes and to avoid additional freezing.

Second Step: Locate the Burst Pipe

Look for bulging ceilings, wet carpet or floors, wet spots on walls and place buckets to catch dripping or falling water. You can also place towels on floors to soak up excess water to prevent more extensive damage.

Third Step: Call in the Professionals

Before you contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Chesterfield to clean up and remediate the water damage in your home, you must call a trusted and licensed plumber to fix the leak.

Fourth Step: Call Your Insurance Agent

It is important to establish a claim with your insurance agent and to take pictures of the damage immediately. It’s important to take pictures along the way to document damage and the process.

Fifth Step: Call the Professionals at SERVPRO of Chesterfield

The longer you wait to clean up water, the more damage it will do. It’s important to contact SERVPRO of Chesterfield to begin the drying process to potentially save wood floors from buckling.

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