Everything was going smoothly until you arrived home to find a bedroom flooded from an undetermined cause. Unfortunately these types of losses can occur to any home or business owner. Plumbing leaks, broken pipes, leaking supply lines, broken supply lines, roof leaks, air conditioner condenser pans, flooding, hurricanes and even sewage back ups can all strike without warning. Here are a few tips if water damage ever occurs at your home or business.
Assess the situation
First and foremost safety is the main concern. You want to make sure there are no submerged electrical connections and also make sure the water is coming from a sanitary source before inspecting the flood any further. If you are ever unsure if the area is safe to enter, don't enter. Playing it safe is strongly encouraged in these types of situations.
Find the Source
If the water damage does not pose any immediate risk via air borne contaminants, electrical connections or from compromised structural materials, the next step would be to find where the water came from.
Shut off the Water
Once the source has been located, shut off the water at either the main house shut off valve, or any valve before the leak in the plumbing chain.
Call a Water Restoration Professional
As soon as the leaking water has been stopped, it is very critical to get in contact with a professional water restoration company like Good Times Restoration so that they can correctly handle any water damage that might have resulted from the water leak.
Remove as Much Water as Possible
If any standing water is present, water extraction will more than likely be necessary. A towel, mop or wet/dry vac can remove water and prevent it from spreading to unaffected areas. Once Good Times Restoration arrives, any additional water will be removed using professional extraction equipment.
Enter an area with obvious hazards
Anytime you notice black water, sewage, submerged electrical connections, compromised building materials or any other hazard, avoid the area.
Tackle the Project Yourself
Water damage can add up to thousands of dollars in damage in a very short amount of time. Attempting to clean it up and dry it out yourself can easily add to the bill. Professional water restoration companies have specialized equipment that allows them to dry a structure correctly and efficiently. Without the experience and equipment, there is a good chance things could be missed or done incorrectly.
Wait to Contact a Water Restoration Company
Time is very critical when it comes to water restoration. Each passing minute can allow water to flow further away from the source and well as deeper into materials. The faster a water restoration company can be onsite, the faster they can begin drying the wet materials which will help mitigate further damages. If not dealt with in a timely matter mold can begin to grow as well.