Posted on: 16 December 2016
When winter hits and the weather gets cold, you may not always be fully prepared for a sudden extreme cold snap that can cause serious plumbing problems in your house. However, if the unthinkable happens and the cold weather freezes your pipes and one or more pipes burst in your basement as a result, you may find yourself wondering what you can and should do in the aftermath of the burst pipe. Get to know some of the steps that you should take after your basement pipe has burst so that you can get started right away and get your home back in working order as soon as possible.
Shut Off the Water to the Pipe and Get a Plumbing Contractor
Of course, the first steps to take in the immediate aftermath of your burst pipe is to shut off the water valve that feeds water into that pipe and contact a plumbing contractor as soon as possible to get the pipe repairs or replacement that you need. This is going to be your top priority so that you can minimize any further damage to your home.
Begin Cleaning Up Water
Depending on how long water was flowing into your basement after the pipe burst, you may have quite the basement flood on your hands. If you have a sump pump system already installed in your basement, you should get that system up and running to help clear water and moisture out of your basement.
If the amount of water in your basement is minimal, you can try to use towels and fans to soak up the water and dry out your basement. Just be sure to remove soaked towels and wash and dry them thoroughly on a rotating basis. For large amounts of water and excessive flooding, have your plumbing contractor work to get the water out of your basement as doing so yourself may be difficult and dangerous due to possible contaminants in the water as well as the cold temperature of the water.
Perform Water Damage Restorations
Once your pipe is repaired and the water is all cleared out so that your basement is dry, you will need to get your water damage restoration work started. Restoring your basement from water damage may include removing carpet that was saturated with water during the flooding. Even after it dries out, the carpet and carpet pad may retain some damage from the moisture and become moldy or mildew-ridden.
Walls and baseboards that were affected by flooding may need to be replaced as well or may simply need to be sanded down and refinished and sealed. You will also need to decide whether furniture and other items that were affected by the flooding and other damage due to your broken pipe are worth restoring or should just be replaced.
Insulate Your Basement Pipes
And, of course, after you had a pipe burst due to freezing temperatures, be sure that you put pipe insulation on any exposed pipes throughout your home, but especially in the basement where it gets the coldest. That way, you will not have to live through a repeat of your burst pipe experience.
With these tips in mind, you can be sure that you are taking the necessary steps to get your home back in working order after water damage.Share