A sudden whoosh. A rush of water. You're experiencing a burst plumbing pipe in your home, and the results can be disastrous--especially if you don't know what steps to take in order to minimize damage. Hopefully, you'll never be in a situation where you have to deal with a burst pipe in your home. If you are, however, knowing which steps to take right away will help you to be better prepared and to cut down on the amount of damage you have to face.
Shut Off Water and Electricity
The very first step to take at any sign of a major water leak is to shut off the water and electricity in your home. Knowing where the shut-off valve for your home's water supply is and how to turn it off so important; most often, it is located inside a utility room near your water heater, but this isn't always the case. Shutting off electricity to your home will help to protect you from electrical shock, and you should be able to shut off your electricity at your circuit breaker box.
Call Your Home Insurance Agent
Now that the water is no longer rushing from that burst pipe, it's time to get started with your damage control. Give your home insurance agent a call as soon as possible to report the damage. More than likely, it will be covered by your home insurance policy--though you may be required to pay a deductible. Check with your insurance agent to find out what steps you need to take next to file your claim, too; you'll probably need to take photos of the damage and submit other documentation as well.
Contact a Damage Restoration Expert
Don't attempt to "dry out" your water damage without the help of a professional. There's a good chance your home insurance policy may pay for some or all of the costs related to hiring a water damage restoration team. Even if you have to pay for it out-of-pocket, making sure your home is thoroughly dried out is so important. Otherwise, you could end up dealing with rot, mold, mildew, and other serious problems down the road.
Dealing with a burst water pipe in your home can be devastating, and facing the aftermath can be very stressful. By taking these few steps, however, you can potentially minimize damage and be on your way to having things in your home back to normal as soon as possible.