A burst pipe can lead to catastrophic damage, especially if it’s not addressed as soon as possible. In Orange County, the experts at Team Rooter are always ready to handle your water-related pipe problems. There are a few things that you can do to help minimize damage and additional risks that come with the situation before the experts arrive.
Orange County Tip #1: Turn the Water Main Off Immediately
When you suspect pipe damage, the first thing to do (after calling a plumber) is to turn off the water. While it won’t stop the water already filling your home, it can prevent additional water from causing damage. The water main will likely be in an out-of-the-way place like the basement, crawl space, or near the water heater.
Tip #2: Completely Empty the Drains
Once the water main has been turned off, it’s a good idea to remove any remaining water in the fixtures. This will include running faucets and flushing toilets. Flushing the fixtures will also help to relieve any remaining pressure in the pipes that likely led to the pipe failure.
Orange County Tip #3: Clean Up Any Water Fast
The next thing to do is going to take up most of your remaining time before the plumbing team arrives: cleaning up. Begin by mopping up water sitting on your floors. Working quickly is crucial to avoid the damaging effects of mold. Mold growth can happen in as little as 24 hours. The mold remediation process will take much longer and be much more costly. Pick up a mop, some towels, and get the water up…STAT!
Tip #4: Consider Preventative Maintenance Along with Repairs
Once the experts at Team Rooter have arrived, it’s time to build a plan for repair and other improvements. Your professional plumber will want to walk through your home to review damage and help develop the next steps. Cleaning up after a burst pipe is just part of a good repair plan–anticipating weaknesses and making improvements can save time, money, and headaches if another water catastrophe happens in the future.
Now What? Call Team Rooter!
Handling a burst pipe quickly and completely makes the damage easier to contain. Team Rooter has been servicing homes and businesses throughout Orange County for over 20 years. When you need emergency pipe repair and water removal, make us your first call. We’ll be there quickly–24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Guaranteed. Contact us today!