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Steps for Handling a Burst Pipe in Your Business

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

Bursting pipes in Walker Springs, TN

Steps for Handling a Burst Pipe in Your Business

In business, there is no shortage of ways to ruin your day. Somewhere near the top of that long list is bursting pipes. The amount of damage this plumbing failure causes depends on how you respond. The following steps will help minimize the damage and speed the recovery.

Stop the flow of water

Imagine all that water you won’t have to clean up by turning the shutoff valve. Hopefully, you can shut it off quickly.

Start the recovery

The repair of bursting pipes is not something that can wait until later. You should attack this problem concurrently on five fronts.

Remove standing water

Put your maintenance personnel to work with wet vacs to remove standing water. Standing water spreads, complicating the cleanup.

Begin the drying process

Bring in all available fans and ventilation equipment to help remove the moisture that the wet vacs can’t handle. You won’t get it all, but every bit helps.

Fix the broken pipe

It’s a good bet that shutting the water off affected the operation of your business negatively. Make sure that the plumbing repair happens promptly.

Contact your insurance agent

Making this call is an excellent job for the person in your business who deals with your commercial policy. That person should open a claim and arrange for an adjuster to evaluate your situation.

Take plenty of pictures

The insurance adjuster will want as much information as possible. Showing the damage in pictures is a great way to document the problem. Finding a photographer shouldn’t be a problem because it seems like everyone has a smartphone with a built-in camera.

Contact water damage remediation experts to finish the job. After water damage in Walker Springs,TN, it’s essential to remove residual moisture that can invite mold. Specialists have equipment and training that enables them to complete the drying process.

Hopefully, bursting pipes are not in your future. If one occurs, the above steps will help you deal with them quickly and thoroughly. When it’s over, you will realize that business as usual never looked so good.

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