Flooding affects millions of homes each year. Whether it’s brought on by natural disasters, unexpected accidents, or inadequate home maintenance, the flood is certainly a homeowner nightmare. To assist you to get your home and life back from flooding, here are a couple of essential tips.
- Immediately call your insurance broker. Don’t throw out any damaged property before your insurance broker has inspected it.
- Produce an inventory of the lost or damaged items and shoot photos.
- Avoid direct contact with floodwater, which can most likely be contaminated. If sewage is backing up in the shower or under the bathroom, your primary sewer line could likely be clogged or broken. If that’s the situation, stop using sinks or toilets and call your utility company immediately. Be conscious of hazards, such as fallen power lines. Standing water may also be electrically charged from broken power lines. Learn more about water remediation here.
- If you suspect damage to utilities, then shut them off immediately if secure. Here is how to shut off utilities safely:
- Water — To shut off water to your home, first locate the master valve. You can locate it in the basement, garage, close to the water heater (in case you don’t have a basement), or even out your home.
- Electricity — Find the main circuit box that’s mounted onto a wall, typically from the basement. Ensure it’s safe to enter the cellar and bring a flashlight. Switch off the main switch in the panel to close off all power in your home. If you see frayed electrical wiring or sparks, then call the utility company instantly.
- Gas — First, find the shutoff valve on the riser pipe from the floor to your meter. If your meters are newer, the valve may be about the service line moving from your meter into the home. Use your hands or, if needed, an adjustable pipe or crescent-type wrench to shut the valve.
For water damage restoration, your very best plan is to employ a professional restoration company that could quickly and economically perform the job. Our PuroClean professionals are trained in property damage recovery and respond instantly to minimize the impact of the loss. For emergency flood damage restoration, call your regional PuroClean office. Check out this link for more information.