The past week has been difficult for many people in Flower Mound and across North Texas. From a lack of electricity and water to internet outages, the challenges have come in many different forms as we experienced unprecedented winter storm conditions. The challenges will continue as many Texans now face costly flood damage as temperatures rise and frozen pipes begin to thaw.
When temperatures fall below 32 degrees, the water in pipes can freeze and expand. This puts tremendous pressure on the pipes, leading to breaks. Once temperatures increase then flooding can occur.
If you experience flooding from a broken pipe, immediately do the following:
1. Turn off main water supply.
The first thing you should do is turn off the main water supply. This will stop the flow of water and minimize the water damage to your home. The main shut off valve is usually located outside and is buried underground near the street. Look for either a round or rectangular metal or cement cover that is level with the grass or sidewalk. Underneath this cover is the water shut off valve.
2. Drain faucets.
Once the main water supply has been shut off, drain your faucets to remove the rest of the water in your pipes. This will relieve pressure on the pipes and helps prevent further leaks. Be sure to flush all toilets in the house as well.
3. Call a plumber.
Next, call for professional help. Do this as soon as possible in order to reduce damage. Depending on the location of the water leak you may need to shut off your electricity and contact an electrician.
4. Document damages for insurance claims.
Your water damage will likely be covered under your homeowners insurance policy. Call your insurance company to let them know about the burst water pipe(s), flooding, and water damage. Ask if a claims adjuster needs to visit your home to assess the damage or if you can use your photos and documentation. Either way, make sure to document all the damage to your home. Take photos and videos of everything, including your possessions and the structure of your home itself.
5. Clean up the water.
Clear away any water quickly to avoid excess water damage. Water damage will occur when a pipe bursts, but the sooner you clean the water, the less likely you experience further damage. Quick cleanup also helps prevent mold from growing. The longer the water remains the more likely mold will grow, so it is important to clean and dry the area quickly.
6. Warm the pipes.
Frozen pipes must warm slowly to prevent any additional damage. Turn up the heat in your home. You can also use a hair dryer to heat the pipes if they aren’t warming enough. Though slow, this heats the pipes slow enough to prevent any more breaks. Drastic changes in temperature cause the pipe to burst.
7. Keep doors open.
To circulate warm air, keep doors open. Rooms with exposed pipes need more air circulation to dry the pipes and the overall area. Make sure there is consistent air flow.
Despite water damage, homes can be restored to great condition if you have the right team. This also may be a good time to complete some of home remodeling projects you have been considering. Many homeowners we have worked with in the Flower Mound area have chosen to upgrade their homes or bathrooms after experiencing water damage.
Want advice on precautions you can take or changes to make that will have long-lasting benefits? Call your neighborhood experts, Modern Blu, at 469-546-7636, or contact us online to schedule an appointment. We would be happy to assist you!