Water flowing from a wall or cupboard in your home where you know water is not supposed to flow from can never be a good sign. As a homeowner, you are responsible for maintaining and repairing your home, and this includes repairing the plumbing and replacing water damaged areas to prevent mold growth. Here are some tips to help you deal with this type of home disaster.
Shut Off Water Flow
As soon as you discover the water gushing from the broken pipe, immediately shut off the water to your home, which will stop the water flowing into your home. You will need to do this so you can also have the break repaired in your line.
Most homes have a main water shut-off valve located in their basement, crawlspace, or main level where the home's water connects to the city's water supply. The water valve will be a lever, which you need to turn perpendicular to the pipe to shut off the water flow.
Contact a Plumbing Professional for Repairs
Now that you have handled the emergency of water pumping into your home, contact a plumber in your area to have the pipe repaired or replaced. If the damaged pipe is beneath a sink in your home, remove all items from inside the sink to make space for the plumber to access to pipe.
A plumbing pipe that is located behind drywall of a wall, ceiling, or floor, will need to be exposed in the area of damage so your plumbing professional can access it. If the drywall is saturated, use your hand to easily pull away the sections of drywall. You can also use a utility knife to make even cuts to the wall material to expose the damaged area.
Remove Damaged Materials
Once your plumbing is on its way to being repaired, you can begin the clean-up of the water and its damage. Vacuum up any standing water with a shop vacuum and pull up any wet carpeting and pad. Most padding cannot be dried out thoroughly to prevent mold growth, so dispose of it into the trash.
Carpeting can be dried out if you catch the water damage early. Use a carpet cleaner to pull up as much moisture as possible, then place the carpeting in the sun. The sun's UV radiation will help kill any bacteria and mold spores. If you cannot move the carpeting to outside, position several fans on the carpeting to circulate the air and dry it out.
Cut out and replace wet areas of drywall once you have fully dried out wall cavity spaces with room fans. It is also helpful to use a room dehumidifier and turn on your home's furnace to remove moisture from the air. For more help, contact a water damage repair contractor like Emergency Flood Team.Share