Guidelines For Responding To Emergency Water Damage
Emergency water damage often catches you off guard, and can prove to be catastrophic when not handled correctly. When water floods into your home, you need to know how best to respond in order to mitigate damage and keep yourself and your family safe from home. Here are some good guidelines you can follow that will help you respond quickly and correctly if emergency water damage affects your Worcester home.
First things first, you need to keep yourself and your family members in the home safe. You should treat flood water as contaminated water (frequently it is), so be sure to get everyone out of the affected area and keep them out.
If you know that water source, and it is something that can be stopped by shutting off your main water line, then be sure to get that valve turned off as soon as possible to stop the water flow.
Once safely out of the water damaged area, if possible, turn off the power to the area. Water is a great conductor of electricity, so when water damage occurs in an area that has a current running there, the risk of electrocution is very high. The best thing you can do to keep everyone safe and preserve your electrical system is to shut the power off.
After following thesafety precautions, then you need to call your homeowners insurance. Some policies cover flood damage, some may not, but regardless you need to reach out to your insurance agent so that a claim can get started. Take pictures of damages sustained and keep lists to show proof of loss.
The next call you need to make is to a restoration company that can handle emergency water damage. MA Restoration is available 24/7 to respond to your water damage emergency so we can get started right away. The best way to mitigate further damage is to get the water removed and dried as quickly as possible, and that is why we are standing by, ready to take your call whenever you need us.
If you can, try to open doors and windows to allow ventilation through the damaged area. This can help inhibit microbial growth in the water.
If you cannot avoid the area, before entering any standing water, be sure the power has indeed been turned off (if you are unsure, you can always call your power company for help), and then utilize personal protective equipment like rubber boots and gloves to try to prevent any contact with your skin. i
Do not panic or get overwhelmed. We know that staying calm is easier said than done. When you trust your emergency water damage to the professionals at MA Restoration, you can rest assured that we will take care of the problem quickly and correctly. Our goal is to put your mind at ease while getting your home back to its pre-loss condition.