The Precautions to Take When a Pipe Bursts
Precaution One: Turn Off Water When a Pipe Bursts
When a pipe bursts inside or outside one of our customer’s Spokane homes, the first thing they must do is turn off a main water valve.
It is important for property owners to know where the main water valve is located inside a building to find this device as quickly as possible. However, to avoid electrical shock injuries never attempt to enter a flooded area.
If a low-level of a building is flooded, then a property owner may need to contact a utility company to have water turned off in the area instead.
In most cases, a pipe bursts in an area away from the main water valve, making it safe to find the device.
As soon as this precaution is completed, our customers can contact us on a 24-hour basis to make an emergency repair.
Precaution Two: Remove Items from the Flooded Area
After contacting us about a broken pipe repair, property owners should remove items from the flooded area, but before beginning this process, verify that there is no danger of slipping and falling on wet surfaces.
Important things to remove include furniture and appliances in your Spokane home, to prevent damage along with items such as rugs, wastebaskets and decorative items from the floor or walls.
If a burst pipe is located on the exterior of a building, then move vehicles, lawn care equipment and children’s toys. Not only will removing these items prevent damage, but it makes it easier for our plumbers to begin a repair to a broken pipe. Efficient repair after a pipe breaks is essential to prevent additional damage to a property’s drywall, carpets and floors.
Precaution Three: Clean Moisture from Floors and Walls
The moisture from a burst pipe spreads quickly to enter baseboards and underlying floor surfaces, leading to damage to electrical wires and insulation. Property owners can install a sump pump in a cellar or basement to suction water from the flooded area before our plumbers arrive.
For smaller leaks, use sponge mops or old towels to absorb water to pour into buckets or sink drains. The best way to clean low-levels of water is by beginning along the edges of a room to stop moisture from entering wall and ceiling spaces.
Push the water toward the center of the room with a mop to keep it from damaging drywall and wood paneling.
Take the precautions if a pipe bursts in your Spokane, WA area! Call Vietzke Trenchless Inc. at (509) 244-9607 today, and get the reliable services you deserve!