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When Should Pipe Break Damage Mitigation Start?

12/18/2020 (Permalink)

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Take The Following Mitigation Measures When A Pipe Breaks

Restoration professionals use the term “mitigation” to describe measures that limit the severity of damage. Bursting pipes can release hundreds or thousands of gallons of water into a commercial structure in Hurricane, UT

As Soon As a Break Is Evident
A building manager or owner should turn off the main water supply to stem the flow out of a broken pipe pouring or spraying water. Once this step has been taken, it may be possible to pursue any of the following measures:

  • Collect water flow in containers
  • Mop up standing water
  • Extract water with a wet vacuum

Reducing the amount of water from bursting pipes that sinks into building materials and contents may limit the severity of damage. In general, clean water only requires timely extraction and drying.

Once the Flow Stops
Shutting off the water supply and gathering up water are both stopgaps. Once a licensed plumber arrives to fix broken pipe and restoration professionals assess and document damage, a building owner can have water pumped out and get the drying process underway within hours.

Over the Next 24 Hours
The primary goals of a property owner during the day after water damage occurs involve removing standing water and drying any portion of a structure exposed to water damage. Restoration experts can recommend the best way to dry out a building with fans, industrial air movers or dehumidifiers.
Bursting pipes are a common cause of property insurance claims. Water damage may cost as much as $10,000 to fix, depending on contamination level and whether building materials have been ruined and require replacement. Maintaining plumbing and arranging for timely mitigation of water damage are the best ways to keep water damage cleanup costs low at a commercial building in Hurricane, UT.

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