Winter Is Coming: How To Clean Up After Your Pipes Burst

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Winter is just around the corner, which means the temperatures are about to take a dip. It's time to start winterizing your water pipes. Unfortunately, even with the best weatherization, your pipes could still freeze and rupture. If that happens, you need to be prepared to clean up the mess as quickly as possible. If your pipes rupture this winter, here are four steps you should take when cleaning up after the floods.

Turn the Utilities Off

If you come home to a flooded home, the first thing you need to do is turn the utilities off. Don't try walking into your home until you've turned the electricity and the water off. Walking into a flooded home that still has electrical power could put you at risk for electrocution. Head to the main breaker box and turn off the power to your home. Make sure that each of the individual breakers are also turned to the off position. Next, locate the main water valve and turn the water off to your home. This will prevent further flooding. It's also a good idea to contact the gas company and ask them to turn your gas off until the damage can be repaired. If the foundation to your home has been undermined, you don't want gas to leak from the main gas lines.

Wear Protective Clothing

Before you head into the house to assess the damage, you should put some protective clothing on. This is particularly important if you're not sure how long the water has been standing in your home. Even water from a clean source, such as main water pipes, can become contaminated if left standing for too long. For maximum protection, you should wear rubber boots, gloves and goggles. It's also a good idea to tuck your pant legs into your boots, and your long sleeves into your gloves.

Take Pictures

You're going to want to file an insurance claim, which means you'll need evidence of the damage. Before you begin the cleanup, you should take pictures of the damage. Walk through your home and take pictures inside each room. Be sure to take pictures of the floors, as well as the walls. Pictures of the floors will show the standing water, while pictures of the walls will show how high the water levels were inside your home.

Remove the Water

Once you've turned the utilities off, donned your protective gear, and taken pictures, you should start removing the water. Use a sump pump to remove the deep water from your home. Once the majority of the water has been removed, you can use a shop vacuum to remove the residual water from your floors.

If your pipes rupture this winter, and cause a flood, use the tips provided here to get started on the cleanup. If the water damage is too extensive, be sure to contact a water damage restoration company like Minnesota  Disaster Restoration Services. They'll come out and take care of the cleanup and repairs for you.

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28 November 2016

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