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Water Damage Repair: What to Do When Pipes Burst?

Time is of the essence when it comes to burst pipes in your home. The contractors here at 24/7 Restoration in Calgary advise that you act fast when it comes to water leaks, to minimize any potential damage. Even with preventive measures, the pipes in your home can burst, and if you don’t treat the damage properly, the water can start a chain of events that can lead to greater problems, such as mold. But what should you do if your pipes burst?

1. Activate shut-down mode. If the pipes in your home have suddenly burst and there is a continuous flow of water running through, quickly turn off your main water valves. 24/7 Restoration recommends that everyone in your home knows where the water shut-off valves are. You do not want to play a game of “find the water valve” during panic mode, while your home turns into a swimming pool. In addition to closing the shut-off valves, switch off your home’s central heating.

2. Towel power! You need to start soaking up the water immediately, using towels or mops, and if the water is leaking through a ceiling, place a bucket underneath the dripping water. If the ceiling begins to swell, pierce a hole in the plaster to allow for water to empty out. Ceilings, drywall and other materials in your home act like sponges by soaking up water and become optimal environments for mold growth.

3. Call for help. A plumber can fix burst pipes, but won’t stick around for the aftermath. 24/7 Restoration cannot emphasize enough how important it is for you to treat the affected area quickly. During the day, you need to keep your doors and windows open to air out any damaged areas.

Treating water-damaged areas of your home can be tricky and immediately overheating your home can cause more damage to an affected room. The smallest pool of water or unseen leak combined with materials in your home leads to bigger problems like mold growth. If your home sustains water damage from burst pipes or leaks, you need to call the contractors at 24/7 Restoration in Calgary to restore your home. Proper structural drying after any water damage is vital to prevent mold growth in your home .

Damage from water can be elusive and can weaken the integrity of your home! For more information on restoration of your home from water damage, contact 24/7 Restoration in Calgary today at (403) 247-4365.  

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