September 7th, 2018

Home Improvement

Water damage can be extensive and frustrating for anyone involved. Problems caused will need to be dealt with right away to avoid any further damage occurring to the property.

Read on for some valuable information to help with emergency water damage. Be prepared and know what to expect.

Safety First

First things first. Make sure all people and pets are safe, out of the home, and accounted for. Once this important step is complete, you should then work on finding the main valve to shut off the water to the property. If you find that the main valve has a round handle, then turn the handle clockwise to shut off the water.

If the shut off valve is a lever, then move the lever perpendicular to the water line. Doing so will successfully shut off the water to the property.

If possible, consider shutting off the power to the property to avoid any electrical discharge, preventing injury and damage.

To be safe, you should also avoid wading in standing water because there are pollutants present that you are not aware of. Depending on the damage, there may also be areas in which the water has destroyed the integrity of the property and could cause the floor to collapse in certain areas.

Remove all the Contents from the Property

Once everyone is safe, and the water and power have been shut off to the property, you can begin to remove all the contents of the property that are salvageable. When doing so, utilize gloves, masks, and other protective clothing items to avoid any potential health problems due to the water damage.

Next, you will open all the doors and windows in order to air out the property. If there is a chance of a sewage leak, refrain from using fans because a fan will spread pollutants and contaminants around the property.

Remove any items that are touching the floor and can be damaged by water, including curtains and furniture items. When finished, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly. This also means you will need to sanitize any cleaning supplies that were used during cleanup.  Mops and brooms, for example.

Avoid Further Cleanup Attempts

It is important to note that before you begin any cleanup efforts, you need to assess the damage. You do not want to remove any evidence that's needed to file an insurance claim. You may also want to take photos of the damage and carefully document all the details concerning the water damage.

Think about hiring a reputable company to help with the water damage. There are some things they may be able to help you with.