If you are away from home and your kitchen plumbing pipe busts you will walk in to a horrible mess with a lot of damage. The first thing to do is to turn off the water at the sink, which is generally a handle around the pipe that you turn. You also need to turn off the main water supply. Once you do this you can start working on your home.
Try to remove as much water as you can from the floor. Note the water likely spread to other areas of your home, such as a living room close to the kitchen.
One of the best ways to remove the water is by using a shop vac. This is a large vacuum that has a hose. When you turn it on the shop vac sucks up the water through the hose. The water then goes into a reservoir. Check this reservoir as you go as it will fill up with water.
Doing this will likely not take care of the problem but it will be beneficial for you to get the water off the floor while you wait for help.
Call Water Restoration
Depending on your kitchen floor the water may have soaked through the tiles. This will affect the floor supports under the tile. If the water got on carpeting, the carpet pad is likely soaked.
The water restoration company will use large, industrial fans in the kitchen to help dry the floor. If they think the water soaked through the tiles they will have to remove a small area of the floor to check the supports. If they find damage here they will have to rip the floor out.
If the water soaked a carpet, then the carpet pad is also soaked. There is no way to dry this out. The water restoration company will remove the carpet and carpet pad. If they do not, mold and mildew will quickly grow. Once everything is removed, large fans are used to dry out the floor so you can reinstall new carpeting.
Call Insurance Company
Call your insurance company immediately to tell them what happened. They may send a water restoration company out to your home for you. Once the water restoration is finished, the insurance company will send an appraiser to your home to assess the damage.
The appraiser will write up a report listing all the repairs that have to be made. This helps them determine how much money they should give you. You likely have a deductible that you will have to pay first.
When the repairs are finished the adjuster may come back out to your home to inspect it again.
Your insurance company can give you a lot more information about this. Contact an adjuster company, like The People's Choice Public Adjuster, for more information.