Has spring brought more than you expected this year with a leaky roof or burst pipes? Are you worried that this might still happen to your home, even though it hasn't yet? If you've never had to deal with water damage before, the prospect may be terrifying. Even if you've had to deal with it in the past, you may be looking for better ways to handle the situation. While nobody ever wants to have their home flooded, either by interior or exterior sources, handling it correctly will mean the difference between a disaster and a simple inconvenience. Some of the most important things to do include the following:
Turn off utilities: When your home is flooded or is being flooded, no matter the cause, it's essential that you turn off all utilities as soon as possible. Turning off the water when you're dealing with a burst pipe will obviously stop the situation from getting worse. Turning off the electricity will help prevent a dangerous electrical short that could cause a fire. Turning off the gas will mean that you won't have to worry about whether or not the water has put out the pilot light in your water heater or stove.
Call in a professional: No matter the cause, it's a good idea to call in a company that provides water damage restoration services. If you try to handle everything yourself, you could wind up inadvertently making an even bigger mess or missing an important aspect that shouldn't be overlooked. Professionals who deal with water damage on a daily basis will know how to handle things as quickly and efficiently as possible without causing further damage to your home. Your homeowner's insurance might also cover part or all of the cost of hiring a water damage restoration company.
Open doors and windows: While waiting for the water damage restoration company to show up, it's a good idea to open as many doors and windows as you can. Keeping your doors and windows shut will allow humidity to build up inside your home. This high humidity level is perfect for mold growth. Although mold removal is often part of the water damage restoration process, there's no need to promote more mold growth that will need to be removed. If it is safe to do so, you may also want to consider using a mop or other equipment to at least start to dry out the effected area.