When you are reading this it is most likely that you are looking at a big puddle in the middle of your home. There are many causes why your home is flooding; it can be something as simple as clogged sewer lines, a high category storm, leaking water heaters but the most common cause of flooring is a broken water pipe. But the key to dealing with floods is taking action immediately. Time is the essence.
Disconnect All Electrical Things
In order to prevent even more damage and someone getting electrocuted, you have to make sure that you turn off all electrical systems in your home. If the water is blocking the breaker box, try the main shutoff even if you end up turning your neighbours’ power as well, better safe than sorry.
Stop The Source Of The Flood
If you know that the flood is happening because there is a burst pipe, it will be fairly easy to find where it is. First, turn off the main water valve. In some homes, the valve is near the main water line in the entrance of your home and in others, it’s attached or adjacent to the water weather which is somewhere near the street. If you can’t figure out where yours is, call reliable plumbing services to help you.
Get In Touch With Your Insurance Company
In most cases, the water damage that is caused by this will be covered by your homeowners’ insurance policy. You will need to start the claim process by letting them know what the situation is. They will either come over to take pictures to document it or they will ask you to do it. They will give you clear instructions on what to take pictures of and how to do it.
Remove The Water
If most of the water is in the basement and there, is a floor drain there you are likely to be able to push the water down the drain, if there isn’t one use a mop and a bucket to collect it. When you collect the majority of the water, use a wet-dry vacuum to make sure that all the water is out of areas that are hard to reach.
Start Drying Out Your Home Yourself
When you have cleaned up all the water you have to start drying out your home. Open up all the windows to let the moisture escape. If you have a dehumidifier, it is time to put it to work. If you can borrow a couple more to make sure all the moisture is out. If you can, the best option is renting industrial-size blowers and dehumidifiers to get all the moisture out.
Prevent Any Mould Caused by Water Damage
Fixing the damage is only half of the battle. If you don’t properly deal with it, water damage can have more long term effects not only on your home but on your health. You must dry out the affected areas because there will be mold forming. If you are doing it by yourself, make sure that you educate yourself on how to completely get the water out of insulation and drywall not only the floor.
Try To Prevent Any Future Damage
Even though water damage isn’t a terrible disaster, you still don’t want it to happen again. Make sure all the papers and other material that can soak up the water and get ruined are off the floor. If your carpets are ruined, maybe stick with having hardwood floors to avoid more cost adding up. When you are leaving town, make sure that you have someone checking up on the house and that you tell them what particular spots they should check up on more carefully. Depending on why your pipe has burst, make sure that you properly take care of it so it does not reoccur. No matter how big or small your water damage is, you should notify a professional. Whatever your situation is to make sure that you take care of it as fast as possible and don’t panic. Water damage can come in many forms and because of that, you always must take immediate action so you face less damage.