Water has the ability to turn your life upside down. Storm water is probably the most invasive and scary, especially considering the unknowns. It’s hard to determine when surging waters will stop. Malfunctioning appliances are another hazard. A 40-gallon hot water heater can cause serious damage when the holding tank fails. And then there is human error, such as when the bathtub overflows.
These situations can wreak havoc on your home. There is no doubt that large amounts of water can be devastating. But what do you do once your home is flooded? Your first step should be to call a water restoration professional. They can help you with your emergency as soon as they pick up the phone, providing steps to help reduce damage (check out these tips).
The professional should first tell you to stop the source of the flooding, if possible. This is easier said than done if the flooding is due to storm water. Living in central New York, we have a lot of water ways, which are susceptible to flooding. If your home lies within a flood zone, you should consider developing an evacuation plan. Do not attempt to navigate flood waters.
If your flood is due to a malfunctioning appliance, such as a water heater, turn off the water supply. Then drain any of the remaining water into a vessel. Make sure the power is shut off for the appliance, also. To ensure safety, locate the breaker and flip it off.
If it’s the bathtub, turn off the water and drain the tub. If your tub is on the second floor, stay clear of where water is leaking in the ceiling below. Have a professional assess the damage and determine whether the ceiling below the tub needs to be replaced.
After shutting off the water source, you can begin cleaning up. Soak up excess water and take inventory of the damage. If possible, rescue valuable items before they become damaged. Once the professional arrives, they can determine a course of action beginning with the dry out, clean up and restoration of your property. Aside from structural damage, the professional should also thoroughly dry affected areas to prevent mold growth. Most water restoration professionals will also work with your insurance adjuster and help with insurance reporting.
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