why you shouldn't attempt restoration repairs yourself

Home damage is caused by many different sources. It could be from a fire, flood, moisture, insects or severe weather; but no matter the cause, restoration work will need to be completed. So, how do you know that the house is going to be livable again after such damage is sustained? Finding a reliable and professional restoration company to do the work for you is really the only course of action that you can take. When damage is this extensive, it is nearly impossible to be sure that doing the repairs yourself will take care of the damage the right way. Visit my blog to find out what you could miss if you attempt to make these repairs on your own.

Steps Homeowners Can Take When Pipes Burst under the Kitchen Sink

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You may stand at your kitchen sink many times a day and never think about flooding and water damage. You may not be giving the slow-draining water in your kitchen sink a lot of thought either. However, you should know that if you ignore drains that are working slowly, you may be allowing a clog get out of hand. When a clog reaches a certain point, it can cause pressure in the pipe that ultimately leads to the pipe cracking or bursting. If your kitchen pipes have burst because of a clog, follow these tips for cleaning and preventing as much water damage as possible.

Get to the Main Water Valve First

When water is flooding across your kitchen floor, it is hard to resist getting towels and anything else you can get your hands on to start quickly soaking it up. Avoid grabbing towels, and get to the main water cut-off valve first. Cutting the water off so it will stop flooding is the most important step you can take to prevent greater water damage after a pipe bursts.

Start Soaking Up Water

Soaking up water from your kitchen floor can be done with large towels, but it is best to use a wet/dry vacuum. This can be especially true if your flooring has areas that water can easily go through. For example, imitation hardwood flooring is glued down in strips side by side. If you use a wet/dry vacuum, you will have better chances at removing water that has made its way into the areas between the strips of laminate. If water remains between the strips, it can cause the strips to lose their adhesion and can ruin them. Water remaining underneath laminate or tiles can also cause the wood on your floor to rot.

Get Out Your Dehumidifier and Fans

If you have a dehumidifier, get it into your kitchen and start it up. A dehumidifier will help to draw moisture out of the air. If there is too much moisture in the air, you will have a harder time drying the flooring and other objects that were flooded. If you have box fans, set them in the dry areas of the floor and turn them on. If there is a ceiling fan in your kitchen, turn it on with the air blowing downwards. While the fans are blowing on the floor, you need to have a look at the pipes to see what repairs need to be made.

When There Is A Lot of Water

Some burst pipes can cause major flooding, especially if you have to go to the end of your driveway to cut off the water at the main line. When there is a lot of water and it has flooded into rooms adjacent to your kitchen, contacting water restoration experts for helping you clean the mess up is a good idea. Water that reaches your carpeting in other rooms can be serious and can cause the perfect environment for the growth of mold.

Dealing with a burst pipe can be frustrating and stressful, but making sure you perform the fastest clean up possible can help you avoid expenses and more stress.

Call a company like Flood Damage Restoration for more information about flood damage. 

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8 July 2016