During the winter season, you may have often heard about burst or broken pipes, mains, or sewage. Even at home, you may have faced this issue. The leaking water can lead to water damage, which in turn may lead to the growth of mold. Calling water damage restoration and mold remediation should be the first thing you do.
What to Do About a Broken Pipe While I Wait?
The first thing you should do is turn off the water in your home or business. Take a minute right now to find out where the main shutoff valve is if you don’t already know. If you ever have water damage, you’ll be glad you took the time to find out how to shut off the water.
If you can begin to trace where the water has traveled/is traveling (which is more difficult than you’d expect – that’s why we used a variety of specialized moisture detection meters), remove obstacles from its path, especially if they can soak up the water. This includes:
- Anything made out of wood
If the water has gone everywhere, you may need a way to begin removing it. Restoration companies use high-powered extraction equipment, however, if you want to get started immediately, you could use a portable sump pump and a shop vacuum (be sure to remove the paper filter first). Where there’s water and electricity, there’s always the risk of an electric shock, so please don’t attempt to perform any work you aren’t 100% comfortable with.
In the case of water damage, you should always consider calling a local restoration company. Time is of the essence when it comes to addressing water damage. The longer you wait to begin the drying process, the more the project expands. If a restoration company asks for more than 4-6 hours to respond, try calling another.
Major Restoration is well-known for its 30-minute emergency response time. If you experience water damage, mold, or a fire emergency, give us a call, and we’ll come running!