Whether it’s a roof leak, burst pipe, or flood damage, water damage restoration is an emergency business. When it comes to water damage, every minute counts not just to prevent mounting damage to your property and possessions but to help you get the most out of your insurance claims.
That’s why here at RestorePro, we are ready to help you at any time, day or night, every day of the year to help. However, what do you do as soon as the flooding begins?
Turn the Power Off
Flooding puts everyone present at extreme risk of electrical shock. So, the first thing you need to do is turn the power off. However, if standing water is already present, do not take any chances wading to the breaker box. Turn the power off from the exterior of the building or call an electrician.
Stop the Flooding
If the flooding is natural, this is clearly impossible; but if it is only a burst pipe or similar issue, this should be pretty simple. Many buildings possess a main water shutoff valve near where the main water line enters the building. Sometimes this will be buried near the street instead. If you cannot locate it, a plumber can assist.
Remove Salvageable Items
Once it is safe, remove items that can still be salvaged from the water. This may reduce water damage to many items. However, do not take any chances in deep water.
Call Your Insurance Provider
Most policies will cover flooding, but it is essential to ask whether it is covered and if a claims adjuster needs to witness the damage before repairs begin. Take photos and videos of the damage with your smartphone to document the damage regardless. This can help you prove damage in case of disputes.
If the water is draining on its own, you may be able to help it finish on its own. A broom, squeegee, and bucket, or a wet/dry vacuum can be used to help remove the water.
Call Water Damage Experts
Severe water damage can occur within a few hours, so do not put this off. Water damage experts like us are available 24/7 to help you. We can dry your home to mitigate damage and start the repair process immediately.
You will not have the professional equipment to fully dry out your home, but you can start the process by opening windows, running any dehumidifiers you do have, and alternating between heating and air conditioning your home. By cycling an HVAC system like this, you will draw the moisture into the warm air and then remove it with the air conditioning.
Plan for The Future
Now that you have seen what flooding can do to your home, you will want to plan in case it ever happens again. Locate your main water shut off valve if you do not know where it is located and store your porous possession such as books and papers off the ground.
Flooding can damage your property and possessions, as well as displace you from your home or livelihood. However, knowing what to do in case of flooding can mitigate the damage and restore your life to normal far quicker.