Posted by: Elite Restoration on January 15, 2022

Taking Care of Burst Pipes

When temperatures dip below freezing, the risk of a pipe bursting is higher than ever. If that happens in your home, the clean-up of the aftermath can be even more important than the pipe repair.

Depending on where the pipe has burst, there might be a number of different areas impacted by the water, including:

  • Electrical systems (contact a professional to help with water damaged electrical systems, there is a high risk of electric shock)
  • Walls, baseboard, or wallpaper
  • Floors or subfloor
  • Furniture, carpet, and other personal items

Our team of restoration professionals can help take the stress and worry out of restoring your home after water damage occurs. Contact the team at Elite Restoration today if you have experienced mild or severe water damage.


Frequently Asked Questions

There are a few different methods of achieving this, the most common is in part with re-roofing the mobile home after blowing insulation into the attic cavity.

Most homeowner's policies cover most water damages, but not all water damages are created equal. There can be a lot of exceptions to coverage depending on the intricacies of your policy. This is why it's a good idea to be familiar with your policy and call your agent right away when damage occurs.

As with all insurance related questions, the answer is that it depends on your coverage. Usually, though, the answer is yes. While there are some types of water damages that aren't covered by standard policies or reasons your policy might not cover the damage, if the water damage is covered by your policy the drying process will also be covered.

A good portion of water damage can be prevented by proper household maintenance. Routine plumbing maintenance, as well as sump pump and appliance maintenance, are effective ways to avoid preventable damages. If you live in a cold climate, preparing your home for the winter can also help avoid damage. Finally, it's a good idea to regularly check the exterior of your home, particularly your roof, for damage to ensure water isn't unexpectedly leaking into your home.

Identifying the source of the water damage is one of the first steps in both the insurance claim process and before beginning to dry out and repair the damaged areas. After all, if you replace a sagging, wet ceiling that was caused by a roof leak but don't fix the roof, too, the next rainstorm will start the cycle all over again. The buckling to your hardwood floor could be caused by a leaking pipe. We will pinpoint the exact cause of your water damage and make sure the source is repaired. We make sure your restoration job is done right the first time.

We utilize a state-of-the-art blower door system that depressurizes the home and helps us track down exactly where the leaks are specifically in location. They are not where you usually think they are. Many leaks are present in the crawlspace and the attic (HVAC system included). These are the main focus areas in a weatherization job.

That depends on the types of materials that were affected by water. Drywall, carpet, and hardwood floors will take longer to dry than other materials in the space. We use moisture meters throughout the process and in many different locations to gauge the moisture levels and will continue to adjust our fans and dehumidifiers to achieve an efficient but effective dry time. The bare minimum of "three days to dry" may only produce a surface dry, but can still leave behind moisture levels that create an ideal environment for mold to grow.

The length of time for proper restoration to occur is dependent on the type and size of the damage. A typical water damage project usually takes 5-7 days for drying and removal of any unsalvageable materials. Keep in mind, these are estimates and they're only for the mitigation portion of the job. The rebuilding portion of the job, where everything is put back into place, has its own separate process and timeline.

There are multiple aspects of the drying process that are used in combination to efficiently and effectively dry a property. Water extraction is the physical removal of excess water which can look like pumping out standing water or extracting water from a carpet. Air movement is integral to the drying process. Without proper air circulation water will not evaporate and will continue to saturate the surfaces where it sits. Not only does this slow the drying process and cause more damage to the excess materials, it can create the potential for mold and other microbial growth. Finally, dehumidification is one of the most important parts of the drying process. Dehumidifiers are used to collect excess water vapor by pulling it from the air. This helps pull water out of porous surfaces and other trapped spaces.

Yes, damage from sewage can be dangerous. Sewage water is grossly contaminated water that poses serious risks to human health. Sewage can be contaminated with dangerous bacteria, parasites, and viruses. These pathogens and parasites can cause serious infections and diseases that can be life threatening. Because of this, it's important to always have sewage damage professionally mitigated. Improperly cleaned and dried sewage is a risk not worth taking.


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