Water damage to your home can be a devastating experience, and it can happen to anyone. Household flooding can be caused by heavy rains, a sewer backup, appliance or sump pump malfunctions, and broken pipelines. Knowing what to do beforehand when it comes to restoring your home will go a long way towards alleviating the panic and confusion that can often set in after a disaster of this kind. Today, we would like to share a few of the immediate steps you should take after water damage occurs to your home.
Safety is the first and foremost consideration for any homeowner. You may be forced to leave your home if the water damage is bad enough, so you’ll want to make sure it’s also safe to return when you have to start dealing with the after-effects. A few things to keep in mind:
- Turn off all power. Unless it will require you to enter wet areas or stand in water to do so, make sure that there is no power running to flooded areas. Call an electrician if this cannot be done safely.
- Wear protective equipment, such as rubber boots and gloves, upon re-entry to the home.
- Wash all dinnerware, glassware, and flatware that may have been affected by dirty water to avoid catching, and spreading, sickness. Water that comes from rivers or creeks may not be as pure as you might think, while we all know what a broken sewer line will do.
- Dry out your home. Your home will probably remain damp for some time, even if you have been successful in removing standing water—especially if you live in an area that is humid already. Portable fans and dehumidifiers will be a big help here.
If you need the help of a professional restoration company, call us here at Ascension General Contractors, and we can be there right away to help you ensure that your home is dry and safe. We are proud to serve our friends and neighbors here in Music City!