Many areas of the United States are at constant risk for water-related damage; especially those in “flood plains” or close to lakes, rivers, or the ocean. Besides natural, weather-related disasters, however, is the possibility of flooding from other sources – a burst pipe, a failed pump, or even an unattended tap or a faulty waterbed seam.
There are some basic dos and don’ts to keep in mind if you realize a portion of your house is flooded. Some of these are universal; others are modified depending on a variety of factors, such as where the offending water is coming from, how deep it is, and its quality.
- Do try to determine the source of the flooding as quickly as possible, and rectify if possible. Water coming from a broken pipe or a tap can be turned off; but water coming from a contaminated source may necessitate vacating the premises.
- Do remove children and pets from affected areas. Drowning can occur in as little as 3 inches of standing water, and there is always the possibility of electrical shock IF outlets are wet.
- Do call “the dry guys” immediately. We can evaluate and address the problem and get started on rectifying the damage swiftly, as well as acting on your behalf with your insurance company.
- Do move important valuables and documents to safety if it is possible to do so without endangering anyone.
- Do be prepared to vacate the premises if necessary until the flooding issue is resolved and the property is well on its way to complete restoration.
- Don’t enter the water if there is possible contamination, such as from river flooding or a broken sewer line. Contaminants can cause illness or infection.
- Don’t try to flip light switches, or plug or unplug items from electrical outlets in affected areas. Water is conductive of electricity.
- Don’t delay contacting professionals to mitigate damage. A prompt evaluation results in a most accurate quote and smooths the way with insurance teams.
- Don’t risk lives to retrieve anything from flooded areas. If there is any doubt as to the safety of the area, err on the side of caution.
- Don’t assume that everything will dry up on its own. Water damage remediation can be a complex process, and can take days or even a week or more if seepage has worked its way deep into walls and flooring.
Calling “the dry guys” as soon as possible puts you on the path to responsible, professional water damage remediation. Don’t risk further damage by delaying, or by attempting to remove water yourself. Depend on the pros to restore your home to its former state.