Water is in the environment and also inside homes with interior water systems. Unfortunately, water can cause serious damage to your home, possessions, and building structures, and have an effect on your health as a result, and leave you with thousands of dollars in damage. Here are some recommendations to help you handle a water damage emergency situation.
Shut Off Electricity
When water comes into contact with materials inside your home, one of your first responses should be to check for the electrical inside your home and shut it off as soon as possible. If you encounter a natural disaster, the electrical may already be disconnected due to local power line damage. However, you should also shut off the power to your home in the meantime because electrical power may be restored at any time. If you are in the middle of cleaning up your home's interior water damage when electricity is restored, you could get an electrical shock with serious health effects.
If you are not able to shut off your home's power, you should disconnect all your electrical appliances and anything connected to an outlet. When in the presence of moisture, electricity will travel through water and can zap you with thousands of volts that can cause serious injury and death. So it is important to protect yourself from electrical injury before you start your home water damage clean-up.
Search For the Water Source
Whether your home is experiencing serious water damage and flooding or a minor water leak that is centralized to one area, you need to evaluate the problem and stop the water leak at its source so you can start to clean up. If you are dealing with outside water getting into your home from an overflowing river or a flooded street, you will need to work with local cleanup crews, emergency water damage restoration services, and disaster relief organizations to get your home cleaned up.
If you are experiencing a water leak in your basement or having water come out of an interior wall in your home, you will need to look for where the water is originating from. Remove drywall to access the leak or its source, or remove flooring to find the water's entrance. If you find a leak beneath your kitchen or bathroom cabinet, you may need to remove cabinetry and follow the water line or sewer pipe to find the source.
Once you have located the leak and the source of your water damage, contact a local restoration company to help you in your clean-up and home repairs. Essential clean-up will ensure you remove any water hazards and toxins that may be present in your home. Contact an emergency water damage restoration service for more information.