How to Deal with Residential Water Damage
What should you do if you spot a leaking pipe in your home? Residential water damage can cause serious problems to your property. Not only can it lead to mold and mildew growth, it often causes problems with the structural support of your home. Here are 10 steps to follow if you are dealing with water damage in your home.
Stop the Flow of Water
The first thing you need to do is find the source of water and stop the flow of water. If the water is coming from a pipe, find the shut off value to the area. If the water is from storm flooding, use sandbags or do your best to limit the amount of water pouring into the home. Get in touch with Rockwell Disaster Cleanup immediately if you cannot tell where the water is coming from.
Turn off the Power & Gas
One of the most important things you can do is shut off power to the area. Water and electricity DO NOT mix and you can end up with a dangerous situation. Shut off the power and call us immediately. We have the safety protection gear and the correct equipment to work with water and electrical situations. Shut off the gas supply to your home as well. Large floods can destroy your furnace, water heater, and other appliances that are connected to gas and power.
Move Valuable Possessions
Once you know the area is safe (gas and electricity are shut off), start rescuing your valuable possessions. Find and remove them from the home to keep them from being damaged. If the standing water contains outside water or fecal matter, avoid going into the area as it is contaminated and can be hazardous to your health.
Extract Standing Water
While Rockwell Disaster Cleanup has a rapid response time, we do recommend you try extracting some of the water before we get to your home. The longer the water sits, the more it will damage. Try to pump outstanding water as quickly as possible, or use a wet/dry vacuum to extract standing water. It is essential to always wear protective gear, and to keep children away from the area in the event the water is toxic.
There are some things you can remove like twigs, nails, and other materials that may be left behind from a flood. We do not recommend you remove mud, leave that to our disaster cleanup team as we do have the right cleaning equipment to prevent toxins from spreading throughout your home. Watch out for snakes, mice, and other pests that may try to create a home inside your home after a flood!
Based on the extent of water damage, it may be advisable to leave the property for a few weeks to allow for correct disaster cleanup. Winter is a challenging time for a flood as the drying process is vital to cleaning the home. We provide industrial fans to our clients to ensure the home is effectively dried before we move forward with repair work. You need to make sure your appliances are dried out before they can be used again. We recommend checking with manufacturers before using the appliance to ensure you have taken the right steps to dry the appliance.
Residental Water Damage in Utah?
For more information about residential water damage, contact our office to schedule an appointment, 855-649-7197!