Lakefront or beachfront houses are not the only ones prone to water damage. Even though you live miles away from a body of water or enjoy more days of sunshine than rain, you are not immune from this problem. The thing is, water can seep into your home from many sources, not only because of an overflowing river or heavy rains. In many cases, accidents and hidden problems cause water intrusion. When not checked and fixed soon, you can face a long, tedious task of water damage restoration.
Water intrusion is dangerous because it can break down many types of materials in a quiet way, making detection not easy. But every homeowner can take care of this by becoming aware of the signs of water problems, like stains on walls and ceilings, dank smell in moisture-prone rooms such as kitchen, bathroom and basement, respiratory irritation and leaks.
Upon discovering water problems, call your insurance company and follow procedures. It may be recommended that you hire water damage specialists to help fix the problems. Choose this route instead of doing the job yourself because even a simple pipe leak may be due to a bigger and more complicated problem.
There are a few considerations regarding safety while water damage restoration is in progress:
Check structural stability. If water intrusion has affected the structural integrity of your home, it would be better to move to a temporary lodging to ensure safety of the residents. Keep all the receipts of your expense and present it to your insurance provider later. Depending on the situation, this situation may be covered by your insurance policy.
Shut off electric supply. While the restoration is ongoing, use an outside power source if you need to clean any room in the house. Don’t use an ordinary vacuum. There is a particular vacuum for water removal. If you are using a generator, place it on a well-ventilated area away from the people.
Shut off water supply. This is standard procedure especially when you are still looking for the real cause of the water problem. If leaking pipes are the problem, then turning off water supply will help alleviate the situation. If there is sewage contamination present, then the water supply may not be safe for drinking, cooking and washing.
Shut off gas supply. This is a precautionary measure. Since there is restoration that is being done and assuming that the cause of the problem is not yet fixed, this will prevent further accidents from happening.
Wear protective gear. Flooding can cause health complications, contamination and other problems connected to water intrusion. Don’t wade through floodwaters without getting protected especially when sewage contamination is present. Wear waterproof gloves, N-95 respirator, goggles, rubber boots and disposable clothing. Don’t let your gear touch anything after cleaning to avoid contamination.
While it is important to deal with water damage promptly, do it with caution. Yours and the occupants’ safety come first. It is a natural reaction to get anxious about cleaning and salvaging affected items but do it the proper way to avoid more problems and keep you focused on the goal, that is, to get your life back in no time.
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