Burst Pipe Cleanup: Do This to Minimize Water Damage After a Pipe Burst
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Burst Pipe Cleanup

Burst Pipe Cleanup: Do This to Minimize Water Damage After a Pipe Burst

Owning a home in New York and the surrounding Northeast area comes with plenty of responsibilities, including knowing the immediate steps to take for burst pipe cleanup. In short, the immediate steps involved in the burst pipe cleanup process include:

  1. Immediately turn off the main water to your home or business

  2. Contact UpRite Plus 2 for fast flood remediation services

  3. Move your valuable items to ensure preservation

  4. Attempt to remove water  lodged in rooms

  5. Ventilate and dehumidify your home

Let's take a deeper dive into how you should initiate the burst pipe cleanup process to protect your belongings.  

How to Start Burst Pipe Cleanup After Frozen Pipes Explode

Burst pipes caused by freezing subzero temperatures is a homeowner's nightmare. Bursting occurs when water in the pipe freezes causing excess pressure which ruptures it. This can create a mess along with extensive damage to your property, floor, carpet, furniture, or other personal items. Not acting fast enough to stop the flow of water and dry the flooded areas can also lead to mold infestation of the walls, ceiling, and places most people would never consider looking. However, you can use the following six steps to help minimize the damage during your burst pipe cleanup campaign.

Immediately Turn off Main Water Valve

The first thing to do during this flood crisis is to turn off the water supply in your home right away. The main shutoff valve is usually found in the utility room or basement. Turning off the main water source will stop the flow of water through all of the pipes in the home at once.

If you're having problems locating the main water valve, the experts at UpRite Plus 2 can help. We're a team of experienced New York contractors who have an in depth level of knowledge about all facts of construction. For safety reasons, the electrical power should be turned off. The safest thing to do is call an electrician.

Contact UpRite Plus 2 Right Away

Your best bet for damage control during a burst pipe flooding at your home is to call in our professional flood damage cleanup and restoration team. Our flood response experts have seen the destruction flooding in homes can cause and are prepared to act right away!

We know that mold can start to form within 24 to 48 hours of exposure to water and drywall will begin to swell and disintegrate. So drying up the affected areas is our priority. Not only do we have over 35 years cleaning up in the aftermath of burst pipes, but we also use specialized equipment to quickly restore your home and peace of mind.

Move Valuable Items

The first thing many homeowners do when water rushes into their homes from an exploded frozen pipe is to panic. But a situation like this calls for you to stay calm and act quickly. After turning off the main water supply and calling UpRite Plus 2, it's time to get "moving."

Move valuable items including furniture, rugs, and important documents and relocate them to a dry area. Avoid stepping into water on the floor or touching switches — especially if the electrical supply has not been turned off.

Extract Water Lodged in the Rooms

Water can gush into various rooms within a few minutes depending on where the rupture occurs and how severely the pipes are damaged. To minimize the damage, you can extract smaller amounts of water with a mop, sponge, or large bath towel. Wring or squeeze and repeat until the majority of the water is gone.  

Ventilate and Dehumidify the Home

Remaining moisture in the floor, walls, ceilings, and the air can become a haven for mold to form and thrive. Reduce the chance of damage to these structures and costly repairs by ventilating and dehumidifying your home. Open windows and doors to allow air to circulate and continue to dry out the rooms.

You can also turn on stand or ceiling fans to assist with ventilation and reduce odors. Next, turn on the dehumidifier to accelerate extraction of moisture from the air. Keep the dehumidifier running until items and structures are completely dry.

Call the UpRite Plus 2 for Fast Burst Pipe Cleanup

While there are a myriad of things you can do to minimize the damage to your property and start the burst pipe cleanup process, it's vital you remain safe. The experts at UpRite Plus 2 offer decades of experience delivering fast, effective, and affordable flood remediation services following burst pipes.

Our services include water extraction, damage assessment, drying floors, walls, carpets, and furniture, cleaning and restoring clothing, linen, and documents, mildew and mold damage remediation, dehumidifying, air filtering, and air purification. We can also repair the source of the water leak or structural damages to the walls or ceiling. Just give us a call at 631-246-9816 and our team will be at your door in no time!

About the Author Thomas Marr

Offering nearly four decades of industry experience in restoration, mold remediation, and reconstruction, Thomas G. Marr is the president and CEO of ite Plus 2. He holds two certifications from the Florida Mold Institute — Certified Professional Mold Inspector and Certified Professional Mold Remediator — as well as a long list of other industry-recognized certifications. He brings brings a unique set of skills and expertise in all matters of flood, fire, and mold remediation, which has proven to be invaluable to businesses and homeowners throughout the New York area.

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