How to Handle Water Damage
Water damage is one of the most common problems facing homeowners. In fact, 37% of all homeowners have suffered loss of property because of water damage, and this type of damage accounts for 23% of insurance claims made by homeowners. Water damage happens incredibly fast. A very small 1/8 inch crack in a water pipe can leak more than 200 gallons in a day. On average, 14% of the water used in a home is actually lost water because of leaks.
As a homeowner, you should know what to do in case of water damage.
Things You Should Do
Call a professional water damage repair company right away if you can find out where the water is coming from. If you can find the appliance or fixture that is leaking, shut off the water to it. If you can’t find the source, shut off the water to your entire home water system. If you don’t know where your home water shut off valve is, you should learn, so that you can be prepared in an emergency.
As soon as you can, begin to remove valuables and electronics from the wet area. Then, begin to move air through the area by opening windows, setting up fans and turning the air conditioner or heater on high.
Begin to absorb any standing water with mops or towels. Separate the wet items and begin to dry them, focusing first on fabric items such as linens, clothing, rugs, cushions and furniture as well as any books which were damaged.
Things You Should Not Do
You should not try to use a vacuum or another electronic home appliance in the wet area. This can cause an electric situation that can be very dangerous and even if no one gets hurt, it will likely break your appliance.
Do not leave wet items sitting for long. Dye from clothing and other items can bleed and cause further damage, and if you don’t get them drying soon, mold can set in.
Be sure not to leave any wet objects on your carpet, which could result in ruining your carpet or even causing damage to the foundation underneath.
Don’t attempt to do repairs and repainting by yourself without professional input. There could be hidden damage or mold risks that you won’t be able to see until they become a major problem.
And be sure that you don’t hesitate to call the cleanup company. This can result in causing worse damage, even structural damage that could result in cave-ins or hidden mold that can make you and your family sick.
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