FROZEN PIPE? WHAT DO I DO?
The sound of water gushing from a burst pipe is just terrible. Your Home is in Chaos, But keep calm and Follow the steps below.
Shut off the Water Main
A burst pipe will keep pumping out water until you cut off the source. Your best bet is to identify where water enters your home, office or apartment building, and shut off the water.
Shut off Electricity If Safe to Do So
You do not want to be standing in water and touching electrical switches. You also do not want that water to touch your wiring. If you can safely shut off the electricity without standing in water, go ahead and do so. If not, evacuate the building and wait for a professional to assess the situation.
Contact a Plumber
Before you can begin recovery, you need the broken pipe fixed. Otherwise, you might clean and dry an area, only to have it flood again during the repairs.
Also, the damaged pipe may be part of your forced hot water heating system. If so, you will need a plumber to restore heat before any more pipes freeze or burst.
Call SERVPRO® Of Allston, Brighton & Brookline.
Our Certified Techs are Ready to Help 24/7.
Talk to Your Insurance Agent
If you plan to make a claim for the water damage after a pipe bursts, you should talk to your agent or insurer about whether the damage is covered and whether an adjuster needs to approve the restoration work in advance.
How to Minimize Damage
There are a few things you can do to minimize the water damage until a crew arrives on the scene.
- If you see water spreading across a ceiling, you might use a screwdriver to poke a hole and allow the water to drip down into a bucket. This will not only reduce the water damage area, it may also keep the water from touching light fixtures in the ceiling.
- Place buckets to catch dripping water.
- Move your furniture away from the water if possible.
- Use towels or a mop to sop up water on the floor.
Plan to Be Better Prepared
After your home or business is restored, you should make a plan to avoid burst pipes in the future. The American Red Cross has an excellent resource, Preventing and Thawing Frozen Pipes that you should review to find tips that may keep your pipes from bursting the next time.
In addition, SERVPRO® offers an Emergency Ready Programyou can use to create a plan of action in advance of future disasters, like floods, fires and frozen pipes.
When a Pipe Bursts in Waltham
If pipes burst home or business, act quickly to protect your property, then call SERVPRO of Allston, Brighton & Brookline at 617.903.5055 to begin the restoration process as soon as possible. We are always here to help and make it look "Like it never even happened"