What To Do When You Discover a Burst Pipe
Winter is hard enough, but when you find a broken water pipe it makes it that much worse. While most water pipe breaks do happen in the winter, it can happen in the warmer months as well. Even if you have never had to come across a burst pipe, it is very important to be prepared so you know what to do if it ever happens. Here are three steps that you should take if you happen to come across a broken pipe:
Shut Off Water
Know where the main shut off valve is. It is crucial to turn off the water as soon as the broken pipe is found to avoid further damage to the property. Once the water is stopped, you can focus on the ruptured pipe and further assess the damage.
Contact Your Insurer
Take the time to read over your insurance policy to see if you will be covered for broken pipe damage. Depending on if the pipe burst was a result of homeowner neglect or not, the damage may or may not be covered.
Begin Cleanup Phase
After calling your insurance agent and determining if you are covered or not, your next call should be to a restoration specialist to begin the cleanup phase. Remember the longer you put off the restoration, the worse the damage can become. Leaving standing water for a long period of time can result in property damage and mold issues.