Mistakes To Avoid When Dealing With Water Damage In The House

Posted on: 4 May 2015

When dealing with a flooded house, you need to be careful so that you don't cause further damage or injury to yourself. You can do this by avoiding mistakes that may aggravate the situation such as:

Not Dealing With the Source of the Flood

Unless you are dealing with rainfall caused flooding, you need to deal with the source of the flooding first before beginning any restorative services. For example, if it is an open tap that was left running, then you need to turn it off. If you don't know the source of the flood, then turning off the main water shutoff valve will stop the flow.

Using a Vacuum Cleaner

A vacuum cleaner is an electrical appliance, and one of the first rules of dealing with water damage is to turn off the mains. Therefore, in order to use the vacuum, you will have to turn on the power, which can cause further damage to electrical systems as well as cause you an electrical shock. Apart from that, the vacuum may also experience an electrical short and damage.

Placing Newspapers on the Carpet to Walk On

So you don't want to walk on water and have placed newspaper pages on the floor to walk on? You are actually doing more harm to your carpet than you would do to your shoes if you removed the paper. The ink used for printing the newspaper pages will get soaked by the water and transfer to the carpet fibers. This is one of the easiest ways of permanently staining your carpet. In fact, you should avoid unnecessary walks on the carpet if you don't want to spread the damage to other areas.

Delaying Before Calling for Help

After carrying out emergency response measures such as turning off the main water valve and power, you need to call a water restoration company. Don't wait to access the damage first because you may not have the expertise to do so. For example, you may not know how deep the water has penetrated into the walls or floors. In fact, even your insurer won't be happy with your claim if you delay before calling a water damage restoration company.

You shouldn't get into the house if you suspect structural damage cracked walls, sagging roof or loosened foundation elements. The same is also true if you feel that the damage has extended to gas or electricity lines. In such cases, call for emergency services to handle everything.

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