Four Steps To Take After A Burst Pipe Causes Flood Damage To Your Silver Lake Attic
Steps To Take Following A Burst Pipe
Attic pipes are in an at-risk area. Attics are often colder than more lived-in areas of your home which puts pipes at more risk of freezing and bursting. A burst pipe happens when a pipe freezes. The frozen water puts pressure on the pipe and causes it to crack.
Swift action is necessary after a burst pipe causes flood damage in your Silver Lake attic. Acting quickly minimizes the possible damage and makes it easier to get your attic dried out. SERVPRO recommends taking the following four steps.
1. Shut Off The Water
Locate your water stopcock and switch it off. Shutting off the water is important as it stops more water entering the plumbing system, getting out through the broken pipe and making the flood much worse. Even if you do not know for sure if a pipe has burst, or where in your home the accident has happened, shut off the water straight away.
2. Move Important Items Out Of The Way
Act quickly and remove important items from your flooded attic if it is safe to do so. However, do not touch or move any electrical items that might have been affected. Remove items, so they are not subject to further flood damage, which makes the drying process easier.
3. Call A Plumber
You need a professional plumber to assess damage to the broken pipe and the surrounding area. Contact a plumber as soon as you can so they can take a look at your attic and the pipe and get to work mending it straight away.
4. Call SERVPRO
Our IICRC-certified professionals are on hand to dry your attic as quickly as possible. Professional drying gives you a much faster and more even result than trying to dry the area yourself.
First, we extract water from the flooded area using free standing and truck mounted pumps as needed, along with extraction tools. Next, we assess the damage to your attic floor, walls, the room below, and the carpet if you have one on your attic floor. We direct air movers across the floor of your attic, and if necessary we position air movers to blow across the ceiling of the room beneath. In some cases, we need to drill holes in wall baseboards to better dry inside water damaged walls. Our fully trained technicians take great care when ventilating or removing baseboards, and we restore your attic when drying is complete.
Do not panic if a burst pipe floods your attic. Call SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park at (323) 255-1000 for help.
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