Water damage, including a flood or an overflowing river, is bad enough when it is due to a natural disaster. But, when it comes from inside the building, it can cause even more fear. Control should always be granted to a homeowner for their household and should know how to take care of it. But when there’s a busted toilet, leaking HVAC system, or a gurgling sink, it feels like the home is not at all under control.
When dealing with water damage from appliances or house plumbing, you need to have a plan in place to immediately address the most urgent concerns. The damage grows when you hesitate to take action. Though it can be overwhelming, making plans for how you will deal with indoor flooding helps you become less anxious if you ever face a real emergency.
Your health is at risk when your house gets flooded. Water from pipes may be contaminated and it may also put you at risk for electrocution. When left to stand for days, damp wood can also breed mold, which is dangerous to breathe in.
Keep you and your family safe by shutting off the electricity as you deal with water leaks. Know where to find your circuit breaker and switch it off before addressing the water problem itself. You should also unplug devices and keep them away from the site of the flooding.
If the water level rises and your house threatens to flood, you must evacuate and wait for authorities to inform you that it is safe to return to your home. When you reenter the property, be sure to wear protective gear like rubber gloves and boots, and retrieve your valuables like documents, IDs and passports, and electronics.
You must inform your insurance company for any serious emergencies that will need you to make a claim. Find out what steps your insurance provider needs you to make for water damage and get a claims adjuster to document the state of your home and estimate the repair costs. You must keep your own records, which you can do by taking photos of the damaged areas and keeping receipts of repairs and restorations.
Water damage can scare even the most well-prepared homeowner. Having a plan for when you experience a water emergency at home will help you move beyond anxiety and into action.
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