Water may seem harmless at first; however, it can cause incredible damage to homes. Water can cause instantaneous issues, as well as causing serious damage over time. Floods, leaky faucets, damaged water heaters, and leaky pipes are just a few of the issues a homeowner will have to deal with. The best way to deal with water issues in the home is by taking the steps to prevent them from ever happening in the first place.
Fixing up after a flood
1. Turn off your water
This applies if your flood is a result of a burst pipe or a damaged water heater: shut off the water supply to your home. If you don’t know how to do this contact someone that does right away.
2. Turn off the power
Turning off the power is important after heavy water damage, especially if flooding is due to a burst water heater. Water conducts electricity and loose wires around the water heater could cause a dangerous, even deadly situation. If your breaker box area is flooded, contact a professional electrician before attempting to walk through the water to turn the power off.
3. Access the damage
Take plenty of photographs before cleaning up. This is so you can get an estimate on the cost of repairs. It is also a good idea to document the damage for your homeowners insurance. Water damage can lead to a costly bill; get a good idea of how much it will cost you before you begin paying for repairs.
4. Save your most valuable items
Money, jewelry, photographs, and family heirlooms should be your priority when trying to save items. Don’t spend too much time trying to clean your items. You should quickly remove valuable items and focus on preventing more damage.
5. Now remove the water
Water pumps are your best friend in this situation. Use this device to quickly clean up standing water in the home.
Wear the proper gear. This includes rubber boots, gloves, and a mask.
Water could be contaminated with dangerous chemicals, so keep your children and pets away.
Now place the pump at the deepest part of the flooded area.
Know which size vacuum you need. If you have a small amount of water to dispose of, you may be okay to use a wet-dry shop vacuum
6. Watch out for dangerous debris
As previously mentioned, contaminates may be in the water. These contamination aren’t limited to cleaning supplies and chemicals. There could be sharp objects in the water. Nails, broken metal and glass, and knives could all be in the water, hidden by the flood. Dangerous animals, like snakes and rats, could also be in the water. Beware of these dangers and take proper precautions.
7. Don’t use appliances right away
In fact, don’t even turn the water on for a few days. Always give your home, appliances, and outlets plenty of time to dry before turning the power back on.