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Water Damage Clean Up Tips for a Broken Pipe In Your Lake Wylie Home

9/9/2015 (Permalink)

Get that burst pipe cleaned up going fast.

A broken pipe and the water damage clean up that it causes is the nightmare of every Lake Wylie homeowner. Even a broken sink pipe with a small amount of water can do significant damage in a short period of time. What should you do when you are unfortunate enough to experience this crisis?  Here are some tips for water damage clean up when you discover a broken pipe.

The first thing that you should do is find the source of the water damage is and stop the flow of additional water from entering your home. The more water the bigger the water damage clean up and more extensive the problem.  It's easy to figure out when you've left a faucet on or a hard rain has filled your basement. But if you have a broken pipe that has burst that can’t be seen, you must turn off the water supply to your home as quickly as possible.

As a safety precaution, be sure to turn off the electrical power to the section of the home where the water damage has occurred. Electricity and water don’t mix!

After the panic has subsided and before you start your Lake Wylie water damage cleanup, you want to assess the level of damage to your home. If you have a limited amount of apparent water damage, there are many things that you can do yourself. But if carpeting, rugs, tile, drywall and the ceiling below have been saturated call a SERVPRO professional water restoration company immediately. You need to be in damage control mode and understand you are racing against the clock.

Now, assuming you can manage the Lake Wylie water damage cleanup on your own, the first step is to get fresh air moving through area. Simply open windows and turn on as many fans as possible to get the air flowing throughout the house. This is will help dry the area, and will also help to reduce odors later on.

Next, start a dehumidifier running as quickly as possible to take moisture out of the air. Along with the fans, this will help accelerate your water damage clean up efforts by removing the water quickly. Be sure to check the reservoir tank often and empty it regularly. It is a necessary to run your dehumidifier until things are completely dry to avoid the conditions where mold and mildew can grow.

The next step is very important and will save hassles later.  Take some photos of the damaged areas as evidence for your insurance claim. Like any accident, documentation is critical and give you proof that will put you in the best position possible when settling your claim.

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