Help! I have water damage in my home!
If you have water damage in your home, it’s safe to assume it was an unexpected surprise. It’s not as if you get a notification reminder that you’re going to incur these damages.
A few of the most regularly occurring water damage situations are discovered upon coming home from a vacation, going into your basement after a few days and finding it filled with water, or even those first steps out of bed that result in wet feet. None of those situations are pleasant.
Here are a few steps in case of a water emergency that you can take.
- First and foremost, you must identify and stop the source of the water that is damaging your home. If the cause is a failed pipe, you can use a shut off valve. If a it’s a spicket or tap, close it and place something to catch the water beneath it, making sure to not allow it to overflow. If you cannot find the valve, or the source itself shut off the main water supply to your home.
- Secondly, and very importantly, electricity. Water is very conductive and should be shut off to the entire area that is affected by water. Failure to do so can result in catastrophic outcomes.
- Third, belongings. Moving furniture, electronics and other possessions out of harms way. Keep in mind that water travels quickly over, as well as under floor coverings. So it’s safe to say that a leak in your bathroom could travel and end up affecting items on the floor in the next room or two over in only a few minutes.
Call a Water Damage Restoration Company
Once you have done your emergency steps, it’s time to call in the experts. There are several reasons to bring in a professional Water Mitigation Company.
- Remove any excess water.
- Dry and or removed any saturated materials.
- Safely move and store your contents until the home is returned to Pre-loss status.
- Analyze the extent of the damage and provide an estimate of repair cost.
- Assist you through the whole process, even with your insurance company.