What Should You Do If Your Pipes Burst?

Busted pipes in WI are a reality that could happen to any of us, especially if you live in an area that experiences extreme cold. However, it can be hard to know what to do, especially when you’re caught off guard. This simple guide will help you limit the damage, find help, and protect your family from danger. Whether this is the first time your pipes have burst or the tenth, knowing what actions to take can save time, money, and stress for everyone involved.

What to Do if Your Pipes Burst

  1. Stop the water flow. It’s important to stop the water before doing anything else. Otherwise, the water will keep leaking, which can cause more damage to your home and property. If you cannot find a localized water valve near the leaking pipe, you might need to turn off the water to your entire home.
  2. Identify the issue. How many pipes have burst? Can you find the pipe? Having a detailed account of what’s wrong can help with damage control, water rehabilitation, and paperwork.
  3. Assess the damage & danger. Has the water flooded your basement? If so, you might need to turn off electricity in that area. Otherwise, you need to determine what kind of pipe has burst. Is the water safe, or do you need to evacuate until the contaminated water has been cleaned up?
  4. Call your insurance company. Once you’ve got a clear idea of the situation, you can begin making calls. If you have homeowners insurance, make sure to place a call to your insurance company. Companies like The Dry Guys will work together with them to make sure that you’re not paying for everything out-of-pocket.

After the pipe(s) is fixed, it might feel like the end of the issue. However, water damage can wreak lasting havoc on your home if not properly handled. The Dry Guys are prepared to help you in every way we can.

We have the proper training and equipment to restore your home, from your carpets to your upholstery, and a stellar track record for handling water damage, whether it’s from a flood or a frozen pipe. Don’t give mold or mildew time to set in — give us a call and our water remediation team will be on their way to help you come out the other side of your burst pipe experience as good as new.