Planning Ahead: Preparing for Pipe Bursts in Your Home
About one in every fifty homes experience some form of water damage each year in the United States. Everyone hopes that they will never have to encounter a pipe bursting in their household. Most that do experience a burst pipe in their homes have no idea where to begin in order to resolve the problem and assess damage. A broken pipe can leak high volumes of water into your home and leave you with extensive water damage in an instant. Here’s how you can learn to prepare for a future pipe burst in order to reduce damage in your home:
- Immediately shut off water main: It is important to shut off the water as quickly as possible to prevent water from continuing to soak the area, as long as it is safe to do so.
- Then, shut off electricity: Water and electricity are not compatible. Shutting off electricity will prevent potential safety hazards and prevent any water from coming into contact with running electricity.
- Contact a restoration company: It is important to decide on a restoration company before any damage occurs. That way, you can call as soon as possible in order to act quickly. SERVPRO of Inglewood are available 24/7.
- Document the damages: Documenting damages is helpful if you are able to file a claim through your insurance. Writing down what is damaged as well as taking pictures will ensure that no item or place is forgotten about during restoration.
- Contact insurance company: Every insurance policy is different. We suggest contacting your insurance provider to determine if you are able to file a claim for water damage in your home.
- Open windows and doors (if possible): As you wait for your preferred restoration company to come help, opening windows and doors can begin the drying process in your home and can decrease the amount of water damage caused by the burst pipe.