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
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
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.
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
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
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.