Water damage causes lots of headaches to homeowners – both immediately and even after the disaster occurs. And it may cause further headaches in the long run. From the leaky faucets to floods, water damage is known to cause serious problems. And it can also cause safety and health issues.
Here are the steps to follow, repair, and stop water damage in your home and office buildings.
1. Stop flowing of water
In case flooding is caused by water heater failure or burst pipe, you need to shut down the main water line or source for your home. It is advisable you call an expert immediately if you are unsure of where the problem is originating. This helps to prevent further damage to your home or the water line.
2. Turn off the Main Power Source
When your home gets flooded, you need to cut off the gas and electricity main source immediately. This is best done by an expert to prevent accidents.
Turning off of power helps your home to be safe. You are advised not to handle any electrical appliances unless when using the proper insulators. Avoid standing in the water to switch off the electricity since it can cause electrocution – you need to consult with an electrician.
3. Assess the Damage
Before you start any cleaning up, you need to access the damage and call the insurance company for obtaining and evidence. It is advisable you take as many pictures as possible, and if it’s possible a video is better. This will help when it comes to claims for damages with the insurance. The ample documentation is all you need to receive compensation for the losses incurred and accessing the cost helps you to determine if rebuilding the area is a worthy option.
4. Remove the Standing Water
The longer the flooding water sits at your home, the more damage it causes. Check out if the place is safe and pump out all the standing water. For the natural floods waits for the flood waters to completely recede below the house line and ensure you wear the proper protective gears that include masks, gloves, and rubber boots. Additionally keep your pets and children far away from any standing water since most of the times it’s contaminated.
5. Clean up Debris
As you clean up the debris left by floods you need to be careful since other materials like nails may be present. Also, the mud left behind has amounts of toxins. Shovel the mud out and spray your home with clean water. Also check out if the air ducks have dirt since it may cause havoc after it dries up. Be careful since rats and snakes may also be present hence it’s advisable you seek home flood restoration experts.
6. Allow your Appliances to Completely Air Dry
Resist from using any of your home appliances or other outlets until they are scorched, give them some time and also check out with the manufacturer the recommended action to apply. Always keep all receipts and billing information intact for the insurance claiming process and keep all the evidence samples with yourself for future references.