The first thing you should do if a pipe freezes and bursts are turn off the water supply to that line within your home. By doing this, the amount of water damage will be reduced. After turning off the water, you can start repairing and cleaning up the damage.
Frozen Pipe Water Damage Emergency Tips
Here are some steps you can take to clean up and restore the damage caused by a frozen pipe:
1. Start by using a mop, towels, or a wet/dry vac to remove any standing water.
2. Then, use fans, dehumidifiers, and heaters to completely dry out the area.
3. Once the area is dry, clean and disinfect any surfaces that may have been in contact with the water.
4. If the pipe that burst was metal, you may be able to repair the leak with soldering. If it was plastic, you will need to replace it.
5. And lastly, repair any damage to the walls, floor, or ceiling that may have been caused by the water- patching holes, replacing drywall, or refinishing may be necessary
6. To stop pipes from freezing again, be sure to add insulation to those vulnerable to the cold, such as those in unheated areas. Additionally, plug up any crevices or openings in your walls, floor, or ceiling to keep your residence cozy and frost-free.
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