Although a burst pipe in Horseheads, NY can happen any time, they’re most common during winter months of the year. When a pipe freezes, the water inside of it expands and exerts tremendous pressure on the pipe. Once the air gets warm enough to melt the water, it bursts out of the pipe. Dealing with the aftermath of a burst pipe can be complicated, and these water damage mitigation tips will help the process go as smoothly as possible.
Act quickly to remove water from your home after a pipe burst. According to the EPA, the water should be removed within 24 hours of the pipe bursting. If a pipe bursts when you’re away from home, you may not be sure of when the disaster occurred. Having someone check on your home each day when you’re on vacation or traveling for the winter holidays reduces the risk of standing water causing extensive damage in your house.
The biggest risks in a home with a burst pipe are mold, electrocution, and damage to the home’s wood structure. When entering or checking a home with a burst pipe, protect yourself. Wear personal protective equipment to reduce your risk of mold exposure. If the floor has a dip or the walls are cracked, don’t enter the home. Be sure to cut electrical power before entering the house. In most cases, it’s best to leave the inspection and bust pipe cleanup to water mitigation professionals.
Remove and Repair
After a burst pipe, many items in your home will need to be removed and sent to the landfill. Carpeting and padding and upholstered furniture may harbor mold and odors after a burst pipe. You may need structural and drywall repairs and any mold must be killed and removed before you resume living in your home.
For more information about cleanup after a burst pipe, take a look at ServiceMaster of the Tri-Counties’ water damage mitigation services, or reach out to our home restoration specialists any time.