How can I minimise damage after a burst pipe?

Remove as much excess water as possible.  Do not use a household vacuum cleaner to suck up the water.

Remove portable furniture from the affected area.   or tin foil can be placed under wooden legs of furniture to help prevent water being absorbed.

Remove coloured rugs from fitted carpets as these may run.

Open windows and doors to ventilate the property.

If the floor under carpets is polished wood or parquet, carpets should be taken up (but kept for inspection). Please beware of gripper rods when removing carpets, especially where young children are present, as they can be very sharp.

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