How to Restore Your Home After a Pipe Bursts
One thing that runs through your mind when you have a pipe break in your home or business—panic immediately. This water could destroy your property in a short amount of time. How do you stop the water? How are you going to remove all the water? What about damage to your home and the possessions that occupy it? The first step is to turn off the water supply. Next, it’s essential to act immediately to incur as little damage as possible.
- Circulate the Air and Air Out the House
Opening windows and doors to the outside will circulate the air and air out the house. Ideally, the air outside will be warmer than the humid air inside the house. Turn on all fans so that the humid air can be blown outside.
- Remove Standing Water
A pipe break means that you’ll have standing water in your home. A wet/dry vacuum is a safe and very effective method of removing standing water quickly. If you don’t have one, use a mop and some towels to soak up the water.
Air conditioners are designed to remove moisture from the air, so your HVAC system can assist in the drying process. Dehumidifiers work best in an enclosed area, so at this point, you’ll want to close all windows and doors that lead to the outside. Also, close doors to the rooms that have a running dehumidifier. Regularly check and empty the water tanks.
- Remove/Discard Affected Items
Mold can start growing within 24-hours of water exposure, so it’s important to start removing water-damaged items immediately. Water-logged carpet can be a huge problem, as water can easily soak through to the padding and even to the subfloor. This can cause mold growth and structural damage if not correctly handled.
After a pipe breaks in your home in Bartlett, TN, or Cordova, TN, you may feel inept performing the complete restoration process. Then, it’s time to hire water damage, cleanup professionals, SERVPRO of Bartlett / Cordova. We respond immediately and are available 24/7, 7 days a week at (901) 382-0900.