Burst pipes can be devastating, but with the help of emergency restoration services, damage can be minimized and the cleanup and renovation can begin quickly.  

One of the main causes across America of water damage is the water pipes already in the home. Burst water pipes can be highly devastating, especially if they aren’t noticed right away. Pipe corrosion, physical damage, loose joints and fluctuating temperatures are the main causes of bursting water pipes, and due to the water always being under pressure, it can release fast and start flooding your basement or the floor quite quickly.  

Dealing with a burst pipe has many steps, and once the initial damage has been mitigated, calling in an emergency restoration contractor is an important step to further minimize damage, and start the restoration process.  

Water damage is a major cause of mold and mildew in a home, as well as other health dangers, so what steps should a building owner take from beginning to end for a careful and complete emergency restoration after a burst pipe? 

Establishing Safety
The moment a burst pipe is noticed in any home, safety precautions need to be taken. The first safety measure is cutting power to any wires that could be running through the area that has started flooding. If the breaker box for the home is across the room that is already flooding, it may be best to find an external power shutoff box or call the power company or an electrician. Emergency restoration contractors could be called this early, as they are available 24/7 and would be able to send someone out immediately to help with establishing safety. 

Mitigate Rising Water Levels
While the electricity situation is being dealt with, mitigating the rising water levels should also be dealt with. Most houses have a water main shutoff valve where the water enters the home, often in the basement. If the basement water shutoff can’t be safely reached, an emergency shutoff may be on the outside of the building. An emergency restoration contractor or plumber can help locate the shutoff and point it out for future cases. 

Protect Personal Belongings
If the flooded area is safe to enter, it’s a good idea to raise any objects out of the water quickly. If emergency restoration contractors have been called early enough, they can help with this process, and even start determining which objects can be saved and which are already too damaged to restore.  

Call the Insurance Company
The owner should immediately call their insurance company to begin the claims process. They will send out a claimed adjuster and work with any emergency restoration contractor you contact in order to determine what is lost, and the amount of the policy payout for the damages.  

Emergency Contractor Assistance
While small burst pipes that have been quickly gotten to will do minimal damage and may not require external help, if the damage is extensive, an emergency restoration contractor should be contacted as soon as possible. They can assist in many aspects from beginning to end in the restoration process, beginning with documentation.  

Extensive Documentation
The moment that a building owner has seen the damage from a burst water pipe, they should start documenting the damage. Clear photos of the damage, including impacts to personal belongings, walls, structure, appliances, etc. should all be taken as soon as possible in order to help with the insurance claim. Emergency contractors will add to this documentation once they have been onboarded, including what they did to mitigate damage once on site, the water removal process, and the restoration process. 

Getting Rid of the Water
Any water that stagnates too long is going to be a health issue, especially when you don’t know what’s in it. While the water coming out of the pipes is going to be clean, the moment it starts to mix with a building’s structure, walls, and belongings, it’s going to get contaminated. As well, the structure and walls remaining wet will grow mold very quickly. Emergency restoration contractors will start pumping out the water immediately, as well as setting fans or heaters to dry up any remaining wet surfaces as soon as possible to minimize mold, and damage.  Getting water removed within a day, versus three days, could be a difference between a $1,500 cost and $20,000. Airflow is always important during this phase, so even HVAC systems may be used to get air flowing around the building, and dehumidifiers to get the dampness out of the air. 

Mold and Mildew
Emergency restoration contractors will investigate all nooks and crannies to determine any locations that didn’t get dried out during the previous step, and mitigate any mold and mildew damage. Drywall will generally have to be completely removed, along with any porous materials that got too wet and couldn’t be dried completely.  

Once the removal steps have been done, restoration and renovations can begin. Emergency restoration contractors will make sure structural components, damaged floors and walls will be replaced if it’s agreed upon with the building owner. These renovations will also include help from the contractor in mitigating future burst pipe issues.  

A burst water pipe can be a major disaster, but with the help of emergency restoration contractors, the damage done can be minimized and the water removal and restoration process can start quickly, so the building is restored to its previous pristine condition quickly. For over 20 years, AMPM Restoration has provided professional and reliable restoration services to the greater Phoenix area with Water Mitigation and Water Damage Restoration services. For more information, request a quote.