Whether a flood is caused by ground water, burst pipe, falling water, or home water system malfunction, here are some of the best practices you’ll need to employ within the first 24 hours after the flood to help give you the best outcome possible with your insurance company.
What Do I Do If My House Floods
The basics of what to do after a flood include the following:
- Stop the Water at Its Source
- IF the water flooding is coming from a nature source, like a river/lake bank overflow, storm run off, overall natural flooding. The best course of action is to safely remove everyone and to get to a safe location. A number of unknowns can happen with flooding and sudden structural changes can occur.
- If water source is man made, look for the main water valve to the house and turn if off.
Prevention Tip: If possible, locate the valve before it floods, so you can find it easily in case of a water emergency.
(“An ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure”)
- Turn Off the Electricity ( Use great caution if you should chose to do so) Make sure there isn’t any water in the local area close to your main power switch. ( You can always wait for help to arrive) Call: Central Texas Water Damage Repair Emergency Services | Premier Restoration 512-913-9113
- Evacuate the Premises (Water weakens important structural components that can result in roof collapsing) Don’t risk it…
- If a burst pipe or sewage leak is the issue, evacuate the premises and find a dry, safe spot outside of your home. Contaminates can cause illness.
- Once your family members—both two-legged and four-legged—are on dry ground, call for help. If anyone needs medical attention, call 911. After you’ve verified that everyone is safe and well, you can make calls to the proper parties to get the recovery process underway.
- Call Premier Restoration to begin the clean up process. Itff certified technicians means the job will be done to perfection the first time. They are experts with helping you handle your insurance to help you get the most help possible in your time of need.
- Completely Dry the Area
- Cleaning up the water you see is important, but the most important thing is to dry up the water you can’t see – in the carpet pad, in the sheetrock, in the insulation in your walls… This means drying the room or rooms completely, possibly using a commercial air mover to force water off floors and out of carpets, walls and furniture. Along with that, you’ll want to set up a dehumidifier. This machine will suck all of the excess moisture from the air, not only helping to dry the room quickly, but preventing mold from growing.
- Call your insurer with the help of Premier Restoration. Make sure to clarify you have an adjuster that has visited your home or business and has presented a plan of action for the cleanup and repair processes.
- Document Everything When thinking about what to do if your house floods, the first thing that probably comes to mind is cleaning up the mess. But before you do, document everything so you can show your insurer the extent of the damage. Use your cell phone camera to film or photograph all aspects of the issue.
- The water that’s flooding your home may include sewage or other hazardous material, so you need to take extreme precautions to not touch it. Next step is to call a professional cleanup restoration company like Premier Restoration. 24/7 Emergency response
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