Usually, there are no warning signs before a burst pipe, so homeowners are left scratching their head and cleaning up a big mess. If you’ve had this happen to you, you know it can be devastating. It’s crucial to use disaster restoration services to get things cleaned up quickly and stop it from ever happening again.
The most common cause of burst pipes is due to freezing, but we don’t have that issue very often in southern Louisiana. Older pipes, especially PVC or soft copper pipes can also develop weaknesses, and eventually split, causing a water leak. Sometimes pipe joints give way over time, leading to the same result.
A burst pipe causes devastation. A main pipe, which suffers a severe break can cause a water leak of close to 100 gallons an hour. If you aren’t home to turn off the water main, and are gone for the entire day, you could come home to the equivalent of many full bathtubs of water in your home.
The clean-up from something like this is overwhelming. Pumping out the water is the first step, and then comes the drying and possible replacement of flooring, walls, furnishings, and belongings. Many times there are sentimental, priceless objects lost. Special care needs to be taken to ensure mold doesn’t start to grow and cause additional problems. It’s important to enlist the help of an experienced company in disaster clean-up to ensure the work is done correctly.
If you’ve had this happen to you, or you just know that you don’t ever want to have to deal with it, you can take precautionary steps. Older pipes can be inspected and replaced as needed. Newer pipes have greater flexibility and strength than many of the older materials.
If you’ve experienced a burst pipe and need help with clean-up we can help. Water damage is a serious matter, and we have the equipment and expertise to get it done correctly. For more information, contact us.