My Home Was Flooded. What Next?
What to do when your home is flooded
You get home after a long day of work, open the door, and there it is. The entire floor is flooded. Whether it was a flash flood from a storm, an appliance that leaked, a pipe that burst, or a faulty toilet, you are not sure what to do next. The first step is to call a local water damage restoration expert. They will be able to respond quickly and start the water removal, drying and dehumidification process. In the mean time, there are some very important safety measure you can take. It’s a good idea to make sure that you have access to a few flashlights for you and whoever else is in your home. After acquiring a flashlight, in some cases it’s a good idea to go to the breaker panel and turn off the electricity to the areas in your house that may have been affected by water. It was very important to keep these water damaged areas away from live electricity. This will prevent electrical damages, and keep your restoration costs to a minimum. Be careful to watch your step and be on the lookout for obstacles or items that you could trip over. Wet floors are slippery floors so take slow and sure footed steps to avoid a fall. If possible, try and see where the leak is coming from. Often times, it is very obvious and not hard to locate at all. If it’s an area like a laundry machine, or toilet, simply shut off the water to that particular area. In the case of a burst pipe, you will need to shut off the water to the entire house. This will prevent further water damage to your floors, walls, carpets, and cabinets. After the water is shut off to the affected areas It is a good idea to remove valuables or family heirlooms from the water damaged areas. The reason for this is that if they are out of the way before the water damage restoration technicians get there, there is no risk of the items getting damaged or broken. The same goes for expensive furniture, drapes, and electronics that are in the flooded areas. If there is something of value that has been damaged, do not discard it. It’s important to keep these items and take pictures so that you can discuss it with your insurance agent. It is likely that these items are covered under your policy and will be accessed to your damage compensation from the insurance company. At Water Damage Restoration Of Austin, our specialists work directly with the insurance agencies to make this process as smooth as possible for you.