Water damage emergencies can happen to your home and can be a serious threat to the lives of your loved ones and your property if not handled well. You need to think fast and critically when dealing with these kinds of emergencies so as to avoid endangering your life and to salvage as much on your property as possible. It is possible to do so with the right steps. An emergency water damage needs to be acted upon quickly or it will become worse as minutes and hours pass. Water can damage porous and lightweight materials and can even damage walls and floors, depending on the water level, pressure, and the rate at which the damage source is producing water.
Here are five simple tips to successfully overcome an emergency water damage:
Stop the Source of Water, if Safe and Possible
Unless it puts you at grave risk, you need to shut off the source of water immediately. The faster you do this, the less damage and problems you need to face after. If you are unable to reach the direct source of flow, cut it off from outside controls like in your waterline. If the source of water is flooding, you can stop the flow by blocking it or by putting barricades to divert it into another direction.
When water is all over the place, the first thing you need to worry about is electricity. If there is a possibility of electrical conduction through the water, never, ever step-in it. If safe, completely shut off your electricity source. Make sure children and pets are away from standing water.
Secure Your Possessions
Once the coast is clear, you can start securing your possessions. Start with those that can be easily damaged when submerged in water for a long time like appliances, gadgets, documents, and other light materials. Tuck them in a dry, higher area. Next to secure are those that are still dry but in the danger of being reached by water soon. Move them as fast as you can to a dry, safe area. Finally, salvage and secure what you can from those that are already submerged.
Connect With Your Insurance Company
When all of these are done, the next step is to call your insurance company and ask them for solutions to your water damage including water removal and flood restoration. Make sure you know which parts of your premium cover necessary tasks like paying technicians, change of materials and others. Doing the job on your own may affect your claim and incur unnecessary expenses.
Work with the Professionals
As soon as the professionals arrive, work with them well. These professionals are skilled in dealing with water damage emergencies, water removal, and restorations. They have all the necessary capabilities and equipment to deal with the problem. Make sure to cooperate with them and assist them in their needs to get the job completed faster and more efficiently.
Emergency water damage and flooding can cost a fortune in damages and restoration, make sure to think smart when these problems arise to prevent more problems afterwards.
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