Finding burst pipes after an extended winter vacation can tarnish even the most joyous homecoming. If you’re a snowbird and have a summer home in Minnesota, you know just how harsh the winters can be. And if your plumbing was somehow compromised during your tropical winter stay, you may have extensive water damage you had no idea existed. At Kiser Construction, we know structural home damage can be overwhelming and disheartening. That’s why we’re here to provide industry-leading water damage restoration to residents throughout the Twin Cities metro. What should you do if you find a burst pipe upon returning from your winter home? Take a look.


Shut Off the Water Main

Forgetting to shut off the water main prior to your trip was a blunder, but there’s no sense in crying over spilled milk. As soon as you recognize water damage from a burst pipe, shut off your water main immediately. Stopping the flow of water will make cleanup easier and prevent further damage to your flooring and other structures.


Unfortunately, because you may have been away for an extended period, it’s difficult to determine just how long your pipe may have been leaking. If the leak spanned several weeks, you may have extensive damage and even mold accumulation. At Kiser Construction, we’re fully certified for mold remediation, so why we’re restoring your water-damaged structures, we’ll get straight to work on eliminating mold, too.


Contact a Plumber

Your broken pipe must be promptly repaired or replaced, so contacting a licensed plumber should be at the top of your list. If substantial water accumulation is present, it may be unsafe for you to examine the situation yourself. Consider cutting the power via your breaker panel for added protection. Along with repairing the affected pipe, consider installing pipe insulation to prevent future frozen water catastrophes and associated water damage.


Contact a Water Damage Restoration Company

Last, but certainly not least, you’ll need to have the areas affected by water damage restored. At Kiser Construction, we’re water damage restoration experts, which is why we hold IICRC certification. The Institution of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification stresses the importance of seeking out properly trained and experienced restoration professionals to assess water damage and determine associated risks. You should never attempt DIY water damage restoration as doing so may pose a serious risk to your safety.


Kiser Construction: Your Twin Cities Water Damage Restoration Specialists

If you’ve just returned home from a relaxing winter vacation to find extensive water damage due to burst pipes, contact Kiser Construction today. We know this can be an overwhelming and disheartening experience, and we’re here to put your needs first. When you need compassionate, comprehensive, high-quality water damage restoration, we’re here to provide. Give us a call today at 763-633-2010 or feel free to message us on our contact page.


If you are in need of 24/7 emergency services, call our emergency line at 612-518-8852.