Water leaks and flooding inside your home can cause extensive damage and destruction to your furnishings, fixtures, and flooring. From a leaky toilet or clogged sewer main to exterior flooding events, it is important that you know how to proceed with the restoration and clean-up. Here are some recommendations to help you handle indoor water intrusion and its restoration for your home.
Take Immediate Steps
As one of the initial parts of handling a water damage emergency, you will need to protect yourself from electrical risk and stop the flow of water, if possible. The water flooding into your home can conduct electricity, so switch off your home's power so you do not run the risk of electric shock if you walk through the water to manage the flooding.
Switch off your home's electrical panel and keep it off until you can clean up the standing water. Then, shut off the water flow, whether it is coming from a leaking pipe or broken faucet, by switching off your home's water line connection at the home water shutoff valve. Open another faucet nearby to release the water pressure from the line so the broken line does not continue to push water into your home.
The next step you should take is to remove the water from inside your home and get the area drying out as quickly as possible. After the threat of electrical shock and extra water damage has been remedied, you need to reduce the chance of mold growth inside your home. You can do this by removing standing water and drying the interior of your home to pull humidity from the air. Use a shop vacuum, carpet cleaning extractor, or water pump to remove large amounts of standing water.
If you need to use a professional water clean-up service to remove hazardous water and sewage or clean up large areas of damage, you can take advantage of their high-powered water extractors. Their services will also include the use of high-powered fans to circulate the air and dehumidifier machines to pull excess moisture from the air. When you can dry out the air and use fans to circulate the air at the same time, you will increase the rate at which you can salvage your home and possessions. Mold only needs one to two days to begin growing, so act quickly.
If you discover mold growth inside your home's walls from an existing leak that has gone on for some time, be sure to evaluate the mold growth area and size before you tear into it. You can spread mold spores throughout your home and cause more damage and risk of mold exposure to your household by accident. Contact a water restoration professional for mold remediation recommendations and emergency water intrusion restoration.