Burst Pipe? 5 Ways to Protect Your Home From Damage

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As a homeowner, you know one thing you definitely don’t want to deal with is a burst pipe. Unfortunately, your plumbing system may have other ideas. Whether it happens in the dead of winter when cold temps freeze your pipe and make it burst or at other times of the year, a burst pipe can severely damage your home and your possessions. To protect your home from large amounts of damage, here are five things to keep in mind.

Shut Off the Water

When a pipe bursts, you should always go to your home’s main water valve and shut off the water, since this will stop the flow immediately. After doing so, leave faucets on to drain the pipe and relieve any remaining pressure.

Repair the Pipe

Once you know you’ve got the flow of water under control, make plans to start repairing the pipe. If the damage to the pipe is minimal, you may be able to do the job yourself. However, if the damage is severe or you just aren’t sure of your plumbing skills, it will be best to let a plumber use their expertise to solve the problem.

Remove the Water

After a pipe has burst in your home, never procrastinate about the standing water that has been left behind. If you do, you’ll have even more problems to deal with, such as structural damage, mold and mildew, and much more. If you can, use a wet/dry vacuum to get up some of the water. In the meantime, contact a water damage restoration company so they can come to your home, assess the damage, and get to work on helping you get things back to normal.

Contact Your Insurance Company

Once you have taken inventory of what has been damaged in your home, contact your insurance company to let them know what happened. Take photos or videos of damage to your home and possessions, since this will make it easier to verify your claim. In most cases, a standard homeowner’s policy will cover water damage from burst pipes.

Take Preventive Measures

Finally, try to make sure you never have to deal with another burst pipe. This can include insulating exposed pipes in your basement or attic, opening cabinet doors underneath sinks so that warm air can get in and around pipes, and barely turning on faucets so that water can continue to flow.

Now that you know how to protect your home from burst pipes, you can have greater peace of mind and a much drier home.

 

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