One of the most common home emergencies is from flooding, from any of the many different sources of water in, and around the house. There are the usual problems with broken or burst pipes, overflowing gutters, or rain falling through a wind-torn roof. Then, there are totally unexpected places, backed up sewer lines in the road, plugged main sewer line in the home, and overflowing toilets. There are plenty of things that need to be done right away, then some real important things you have to do to save your home and belongings.
Find The Source Of The Water And Get It Shut Off
If you have a broken pipe, turn off the main, if your sewer is blocked, stop sending water down it immediately, and if your roof is torn get a roofer out to staple on some plastic until the storm is over. When it comes to the sewer in the street, that’s going to be a problem for the city, they’ll have emergency crews that will find the obstructed pipe, and begin pumping away the backflow. If it’s a river or lake, get some sandbags and a load of sand.
As Soon As The Source Is Shut Off, Get Professional Water Damage Help
Many water damage problems are going to be covered by your homeowners insurance. Any sudden pipe breakage, the storm caused, or rain caused a problem should be covered. If it’s a river, stream or lake, you better have a National Flood Insurance rider on your policy. The sewer department in your city will probably cover the backed up street sewer, maybe.
No matter the cause, time is of the essence, the longer the water sits in your home, the more damage it does by the minute. A quality water damage company will have large industrial pumps that can eliminate all of the standing water in short order. Then, they’ll bring in high powered wet vacuums that can extract any remaining water from the carpet, pad, furniture, floorboards and any other exposed water.
They’ll usually have several, along with a crew that’s done this job many times before. After the vacuums, they’ll also have some huge commercial fans they can place around the house to air dry everything possible.
Once The Water Is Gone, There’s Still Plenty To Do
If your walls are covered with sheetrock or drywall, most likely everything from the high water mark down will have to be removed, and, depending on the type of insulation on the outside walls, some of that will have to go too. Anything that has been damaged by sewer water will most likely be ruined, like carpet, pad, some furniture, and any subfloor that’s made from pressboard.
One Of The Worst Dangers Is Mold
Anything that is left damp after the flood has a good chance of developing mold and mildew. This is especially bad since some black molds are toxic. But by making sure that every last bit of water is removed, and the fans are left running until all is bone dry, you should have a problem. A good flood damage company will know all the places that need to be examined for hidden water, and they’ll take the time to search everywhere.
Recovering from a flood can be a little disheartening, but if you try to do it yourself without all the right equipment and knowledge, you’ll take way too much time, and you most likely don’t have all the right tools. You should find a good contractor that does this kind of work and keep their number handy in several places near a phone. With water, storm and flood damage you never know when it’s going to hit, but someday it will.