You may never have thought about a broken water line occurring. However, here in Minnesota, our winters can be very severe. That means that leaking and burst pipes are a distinct possibility. Here at J&J Restoration, we receive a large number of calls as soon as the temperature drops below zero. This is because water lines that are in non-insulated areas are the most at risk. If you have water lines in exterior walls or crawl spaces of your home, they could freeze, then burst. This is a very common problem in Minneapolis.
Every year, we see countless cases where this has occurred. Unfortunately, when water damage occurs because of leaking and burst pipes, the result is a huge mess. You cannot repair the water line until the water has been cleaned up. That means your home will need to be completely dried out. Water causes some serious damage. Therefore, it is very important to extract the water and clean up immediately.
If your property has only experienced a small amount of water damage, you can do some things yourself. These will help to mitigate any damage and guard against further problems.
1. If water damage has occurred close to electrical devices, shut off the power to your home. You should do this before you begin to clean up. Safety should always come first, and we all know water and electricity are a dangerous combination.
2. Remove any soaked furniture, carpets, and removable items from the flooded area.
3. Mop up any remaining water from your floors. If you have a wet-dry vacuum, you can use this to get rid of standing water.
4. Should the weather permit, open your windows and doors. This will allow dry, fresh air to enter your property. Also, bring a fan into the room and switch it onto its highest setting. This will facilitate the drying process.
While there are steps to take if the damage is minor, it’s important to get professional help for serious cases. If the leak has caused damage in several rooms, it is vital to call a restoration company. It’s also important to get help if water has been standing for more than eight hours. This is because you will probably require professional water extraction.
Should water have entered your drywall, sub-flooring, woodwork or carpets, a professional restoration firm can help. Here at J&J Restoration, we can restore or remove items that could develop mold. We can also act quickly to guard against long-term issues. The longer the amount of time that goes by without any treatment, the more deterioration will occur. This could mean you may not be able to salvage your carpets, woodwork, and drywall.
Our professional team can use the latest moisture readers, drying equipment, and thermal-imaging technology to guard against future problems. We can help protect the structural integrity of your property and protect your health.
Our Minnesota water damage restoration specialists service the Twin Cities Metro Area including, but not limited to these cities: Bloomington, Brooklyn Park, Burnsville, Coon Rapids, Eagan, Eden Prairie, Edina, Elk River, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, Minnetonka, Plymouth, St. Cloud, St. Paul and Woodbury