What to Do in Case of Water Damage
December 16, 2014
Water damage is one of those things we brush off as an unlikely possibility until it happens to us. And when it does happen, those unprepared lose precious time and end up with more damage than homeowners who had an emergency plan. Whether it’s a burst pipe, a leaking water heater or a full-on flood from the nearby stream, you should be prepared to deal with water damage.
Turn off Power
Water and electricity are not exactly the safest combo. If your basement floods, know which circuit breaker to flip to cut off power to the area. Don’t go in the water if you know there are submerged electrical outlets and appliances in the room.
Find the Source
If it’s torrential flooding, there is nothing you can do but wait. However, if it’s a pipe or an appliance that caused the flooding, find and turn the shut-off valve to stop the water. If you don’t know where the water shut-off is located, call a plumber that has worked on your house before.
Before doing anything inside the flooded area, make sure you are wearing proper protective gear. This includes rubber boots, rubber gloves and a respirator. Keep your children and pets away from coming in contact with the water, as it could be contaminated with sewage.
Call for Help
If there is a significant amount of water on the floor, call your local Baltimore water restoration professionals. Don’t delay, as every minute counts and you have better chances for saving your items if you act fast. If you have a shop vac or a water pump, use them to start removing the water.
Water damage may be covered by either your homeowner’s insurance or your flood insurance, depending on the source of the problem and your specific coverage. Be sure to take plenty of photos before you start cleanup. These photos will support your insurance claim later on.
Salvaging Your Possessions
If you were able to stop the water and turn off the power, you can now start rescuing your items. Don’t worry about cleaning and drying them yet, just carry everything you can out of the water and place on a dry surface. If you are moving items to another room in your home, make sure to use some kind of a liner like a tarp to create a barrier between the wet and dry surfaces. A few other tips:
- If your washing machine is not located in the flooded area, collect all the washables and run them on a hot cycle.
- Collect items that are beyond repair, but don’t throw them away yet, as the claim adjuster might have to take a look.
- If the carpet was affected by flood water, it likely has to be discarded. Removing it from tack strips to dry will cause it to shrink, and leaving it won’t lead to complete drying.
Once the water restoration team arrives, we will use our professional water extraction equipment to remove the remaining water, dry your furniture and prevent mold. Write down our number (410-870-6607) and keep it on your fridge, so that you won’t waste time looking up reliable water damage restoration companies in Maryland.
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