Burst pipes typically occur when temperatures dip well below the freezing mark and water in the pipes freezes, then expands. Older homes tend to be more vulnerable, but it can happen to any home depending on how well the pipes are insulated and located.
What Should I Do If My Pipes Burst?
If your pipe should burst, you need to act fast to stop or mitigate potential water damage.
- First, turn off the main water valve in your home. This will stop any more water from flowing from the burst pipe.
- Next, turn off the power to any affected areas to avoid electricity mixing with leaking water. For example, if the burst pipes are in the basement and you have your washer and dryer down there, make sure the power is off, and both are unplugged.
- Call a water mitigation expert, such as Octagon Cleaning & Restoration. If not treated immediately, water leaks can lead to damage to your insulation, drywall, floors, ceiling, carpets, and more. This, in turn, can lead to mildew and mold, which can then result in a whole host of other problems.
The good news is that if homeowners call as soon as they realize they have a burst pipe, water damage professionals such as Octagon can quickly remove water and begin aggressive drying methods.
Water damage professionals also possess the necessary tools to ensure that all water damage has been located and dealt with. Some of these “tools of the trade” include thermal imaging cameras, non-penetrating meters, and hygrometers, which are essential to identify all impact areas. One room left wet for several days untreated can result in significant mold damage, so don’t take a chance. Call Octagon Cleaning & Restoration at (207) 893-0002 in Maine, or (603) 239-2100 in New Hampshire.