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What to Do If Your Pipes Burst

2/5/2020 (Permalink)

Grayscale photo of water dripping from a faucet Harsh winter temperatures can ultimately cause pipes to freeze and burst!

Some winters, we experience extremely cold spells. In 2018, for example, temperatures dropped below freezing some nights and caused residents’ pipes to freeze. Unfortunately, frozen pipes can cause pressure to build up and ultimately explode, sending gallons of water into your home. Winter isn’t quite over yet, so it’s important you know what to do if your home’s pipes burst.

  1. Shut off the water. The less water that gets into your home, the better. The first thing you should do is shut off your home’s water valve, which will stop the flow of water.

  1. Call a plumber. Next, you’ll need to address the damage to your pipes. If these aren’t addressed, you’ll only experience the same problem once the water is turned back on. Once your pipes have been repaired, you can take care of the water damage.

  1. Call a water damage restoration company. It’s important that the water damage is extracted and dried as quickly as possible. The longer the water sits, the more damage it can cause in the form of mold growth and structural damage. A water damage restoration company (such as ourselves) will take care of the water damage and apply an antimicrobial to discourage mold growth.

Burst pipes are the last thing anyone wants to experience, but by taking the above steps, you can more easily navigate the process. If your water pipes burst and you need professional help cleaning up the damage, call our team at (704) 872-7466!

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