The second most common cause of loss incurred by homeowners is due to plumbing failures and freezing pipes. Imagine coming home at 1am after a night out only to find your house sitting in four inches of water. Its a devastating feeling; however, what you don’t want to do is panic. If you know where your water main shut off valve is from the outside, turn it off. Assuming its a broken pipe, this will be the first step to mitigate the damage caused by the water. A small crack on a water pipe, only about an 1/8th of an inch, can release up to 250 gallons of water a day. We at Ace Public Adjusters recommend you find a reputable, insured, and licensed water restoration company as soon as possible. These specialists will further mitigate the damages by extracting the surface water and using professional methods and tools to properly dry the remaining moisture. A prompt response will not only prevent your property and belongings from further damage, it will also reduce the chance of having toxic mold in your residence.