Steps to Take after Water Damage Part I
One of the most damaging and devastating things you can experience as a home or business owner is flooding in your property. There are many causes of household flooding including – burst pipes, malfunctioning sump-pump, sewer back-up, heavy rains, and appliance malfunctions. This can be a time of great confusion as to what to do concerning safety, cleanup and even how to pay for all the repair and restoration.
No matter what the cause, you should feel in control and know what to do if your property floods. Here are a few steps to take immediately after flooding causes water damage in your home:
The first step in any major home disaster is to remain safe. You may be forced to leave your home if the flooding is bad enough. Make sure it is also safe when you return to your home to begin dealing with the aftermath.
- Turn off the power – water and electricity do not mix. But, if turning off the power requires you to enter or stand in wet areas it is best to call an electrician.
- Wear protective clothing–such as rubber boots and gloves–when you re-enter your home.
- Thoroughly wash any glasses, dinnerware, and silverware that might have been affected by the flood before you use it again.
- Protect your valuables. Place tin foil under the feet of your wooden furniture to prevent staining of the carpet. Likewise, remove any area rugs that may be on wet flooring.
Dry Out Your Home
Even if you are successful in removing the standing water from your home, everything could remain damp, especially in the humidity of San Antonio. If you have power, use your central air conditioning to assist in removing humidity by keeping your ac system fan in the “on” position. Portable fans and dehumidifiers may help dry the wet areas of your home. To be certain that you avoid molds, mildew, and other lingering issues, call SERVPRO of Northwest San Antonio. We have the training and equipment to ensure your home is safe and dry.
SERVPRO of Northwest San Antonio is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.
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