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What To Do If a Pipe Bursts, Fire Erupts or a Flood Happens in Your Home

A fast response time can make a huge difference when it comes to plumbing and utility problems. Be prepared to take charge with these tips.

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Flooded Basement

A flooded basement is not the best way to get that indoor swimming pool you've dreamed about. Caused by busted pipes or heavy rain, it's an enormous inconvenience and hazard. With busted pipes, shut off the water immediately and repair the pipes. Remove water-damaged furniture and personal items to dry and salvage. Use a sump pump, wet-dry vacuum, dehumidifier and fans to drain the water and dry out the basement. Remove damaged sections of wall coverings (drywall, paneling) and insulation, and be sure to dry and ventilate wall cavities to limit mold and mildew growth. Track down the source if it's not busted pipes. You may need to excavate around the basement and apply a barrier to the exterior walls to prevent water from leaching through.

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