Burst water heaters cause a lot of damage because the tank will constantly try to refill. It's not a pretty sight after a long winter vacation. First, shut off the breaker to the water heater if it is electric, or if it’s gas, turn off the valve located near the water heater. Shut off the water, as well. The valve will also be close by. Remove any water-damaged items, and use a sump pump, wet-dry vacuum, fans and dehumidifier to drain and dry. Contact your insurance company. Your water heater won't be covered (it may be under warranty, however), but any damaged items may be.
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