Tips for Recovering From Water Damage

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Regardless if it’s from a leaking pipe or flood, water damage can be a devastating disaster for a homeowner. It’s often hard to salvage water-damaged goods, cleaning up after the mess can be a hassle, and the immediate threat of mold developing can be ongoing for weeks at a time. By taking fast measures, you can recover from water damage easily by getting started with our tips below.

Electrical Safety First

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When facing water damage anywhere close to outlets or wires, the first concern is electrical safety. The level of precautions depends on the extent of water damage. A small leak concerning a minor area should prompt a shut off of circuit breakers that power outlets, and wiring close to the leak.

Damage in multiple rooms from pipes will need the entire circuit panel to be completely shut down. A wide-spread flood with water still present in the home will require contacting your utility company. They will need to remove the electrical meter entirely.

Stop The Water

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Damage from household plumbing can worsen by the second, if not stopped by the main water valve. It’s extremely important to locate, and turn it off. In most homes, the value is located in the basement, near where the main water supply sits.

Shut off valves locations vary in homes; it may be outside the home, or below a water meter grade. Turning off the valves require the assistance of a special long handed tool known as a water key.

Insurance

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After the chance of electrical shock has been eliminated along with the water flow, the next step is to report damage to your homeowner’s insurance. Often, homeowners insurance will warrant water damage from a burst pipe… but not a natural disaster flood.

Don’t forget to take photos of where water damage has occurred before cleaning up.

Ask for Help

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The nature of this work isn’t easy, and with the mold risk accompanying the job, most homeowners leave this work for a water damage company to assist in cleaning up. But if you’re up for the challenge, it requires being a lot of effort and being extremely thorough. Some homeowners opt to perform the work themselves if they feel comfortable enough to recover water damage on their own.

Drying Out House

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Those are just the preliminary steps to take before you begin to start with the water, but now it’s time to start drying everything out.

Use an electric pump and or a wet.dry vacuum to rid of any water. Remove damaged goods out of the home and begin to separate salvaged goods from unsalvageable. The following items considered an immediate loss: all carpet, food, electronics, and paper goods. Upholstered furniture such as sofas, rugs, and pillows can still be saved but will require speedy attention.

Allow air to assist fans in drying out your home. Fans will help blow out the damp air. In the case of water trapped in between your walls, create a hole(s) in the drywall to allow water to escape. No need to worry about damaging drywall, the damage will call for replacing it entirely.

Recovering from water damage is a lengthy process, and these few steps are just the beginning precautions for the first 24 hours.

Water Leak Detection

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Regardless of whether you’re a homeowner, business owner, or landlord, plumbing leaks can be one of the toughest problems to fix and maintain. Leaks can happen in many places i.e. pipes, drain pipes, water lines, and sewers. It’s important to find the source of the leak so you can begin to work on the damage. Allow the professionals at Repipe1 to assist you in this matter.

Signs you might have a leak

When pipe leaks are increasing the cost of your water bill, you will want to check to make sure that the problem is associated to a leak. FIxing a leak can be an easy job, but cannot always be quickly noticed or assessed without the elkp of professional leak detectors.

Indicators of a leak:

  • Sound of water when fixtures aren’t running
  • Dripping water from the ceiling, or wet floors or carpets
  • Hot spot on the floor
  • Water seeping in through a low point in the wall
  • Hot water streaming from cold water
  • Water heater won’t shut off

Here are 5 ways to find hidden water leaks

1. Check Water Meter

One of the simplest ways to check if you have a leak in your plumbing is to check the water meter. First, turnoff all the faucets in your home and make sure washer/dryer and dishwasher aren’t in use. Watch the meter and wait to see if it changes. In the case that it is, most likely you have a fast-moving leak.

2. Watch Your Bill

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends monitoring your bill closely during winter to find out if a leak is occurring somewhere in your home. In the case that your family is using more than 12,000 gallons of water per month, there’s a high chance of a serious leak problem somewhere in your plumbing system.

3. Monitor Your Usage

Noticing your bill increasing? If your water consumption hasn’t changed, a leak may be to blame for your rising water bill.

4. Check Exterior Usage

Leaks can not happen inside the home – but occur outside too. Check your outside spigots by attaching a garden hose; if water seeps through the connection while the hose is running, replace the rubber hose gasket and check to see if all connections are secured.

5. Use your Judgement

Make it a habit to regularly check cabinets, below basin for signs of mold or unusual odors that might suggest a leak: immediate attention could save you a immense amount of money in repairs. Consider having a professional from Repipe1 make an annual inspection in your home to check for leaks or other potential problems.