Creating a Plan to Prepare for a Burst Pipe | SERVPRO® of Flagstaff/East Sedona
Any type of water damage is something you hope you won’t experience, but one of the most complicated types to occur is a burst pipe in the home. Because pipes can pump a large volume of water into a room, it can quickly cause significant amounts of damage in a brief period.
Many people assume that water damage is a rare occurrence, but it impacts one in 50 houses each year in the United States. Fortunately, for those who have planned ahead, it tends to be much less severe.
Planning in Advance for a Burst Pipe
Shut off your water main. Water rushing into the impacted area should be stopped as quickly as possible, which can be done by finding and shutting off the water main in your home if it is safe to do so.
Shut off your electricity. If it is safe to access your main electricity breaker, shutting off your home’s power is a great way to prevent secondary issues such as injury or fire from arising due to the water damage.
Contact your restoration company. Taking care of water damage quickly is the best way to prevent further issues from arising, which is why we recommend choosing a restoration company you can get in touch with at any hour to report your 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. After calling your restoration company, you can aid drying time as you wait for them to arrive by opening doors and windows if it is safe to do so. This will encourage the water to quickly evaporate so drying will not take as long.
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.