Drying Out a House After a Burst Pipe

A burst pipe can mean anything from a sink valve blow-out to a water main fracture and anything in between. The most critical aspect of dealing with a burst pipe is turning off the water supply and stopping the flow of water. If the pipe is in a crawl space or a basement, the water is fairly well contained, but if the pipe that burst is in a household setting, such as a toilet feed or an under-sink supply line, drying out the area becomes a bit ore complex depending upon how much water has inundated the house.

  1. Open windows in the house to vent moist air out. Placing several fans around the area will help circulate the air and send moisture out the windows

  2. Remove pools and puddles of water with a wet/dry vacuum. The more water you remove with this method, the less there will be that needs to dissipate naturally. For hard-to-reach places, mop the water up and end it down the drain

  3. Turn on one or several dehumidifiers to remove the water from the house. Dehumdifiers work best in enclosed areas, so close windows when they are in use. If the water is confined to a certain area, such as a bedroom or bathroom, place the dehumidifier inside and close the door. Remember to empty the water tank on a regular basis.

  4. Use your HVAC system as a giant dehumidifier. Cool the house down with the air conditioner. The air conditioner is made to remove humidity from the air, so by cooling the house down, it is also sucking the moisture out of the air. When the house has cooled, turn the heat on until it reaches 80 degrees. Warm air evaporates and holds more moisture than cool air so by doing this, you are saturating the air with moisture. Once 80 degrees has been reached, turn the air conditioner back on to remove the saturated air from the house. Repeat this process until the house has dried.

Things You Will Need:

  • Wet/Dry Vacuum

  • Mop

  • Fans

  • Dehumidifiers


  • If you do not have an HVAC system or dehumidifiers, the more air circulation you can achieve with open windows and fans, the faster the house will dry.

  • Wet furniture can be either taken outside and left to dry in the sun or placed in a

closed room with a dehumidifier to remove the water from the furniture material.


If the burst pipe has saturated the indoor carpeting, unless it is a thin covering over a bare wood floor, it will have to be removed to keep mold and mildew from forming. This is especially true if you have a deep pile carpet that rests upon thick foam padding.

Source: SFGate

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