Flooding can be caused by several things- heavy rainfall, sewer backup, burst pipes, etc. The complex network of sewer pipes and clean water lines carry waste away from your home and bring fresh water into the house. Although they work seamlessly most of the time, malfunctions happen and can cause damage to your home.
Figuring out where to start following a flood can be overwhelming and stressful. Here are a few tips from R&S:
1. Stop the water from entering your home.
If a broken pipe caused the flood, then start by repairing the leak so that water won’t continue flooding into your home. The less water that enters your living space and needs extracted, the easier the rest of the restoration process will be.
2. Contact your insurance provider to see what your flooding coverage is.
These types of floods are often minor, and if they are responded to quickly, then the damage that occurs is manageable. However, sometimes, with more severe floods, the damage can be extensive. Check your insurance coverage, so you don’t have to pay for repair and replacement out of your own pocket.
3. Depending on the severity of the flood in your home, turn off all water & electrical sources.
Only in severe cases where the water is creating a dangerous situation is this necessary. This is a cautionary step specifically for severe flooding.
4. Safely assess the damage.
If the flood was severe, be aware of the possibility of contamination in the water from sewage and other household chemicals. Floods tend to occur more commonly in the bathroom and kitchen areas in the home. Because of this, it is crucial to be aware of possible safety hazards when assessing the damage.
5. Allow fresh air into the home.
When a flood happens, it is important to start the drying process as soon as possible. Opening windows is a quick, easy way to get the process started while you wait for the R&S experts to come and remove the moisture from your home.
6. Fight off the mold.
Mold can develop 24-48 hours following a flood, reacting quickly in order to dry off your flooring, carpets, and bedding will help prevent the development of mold in your home. R&S experts will detect and extract any hidden moisture to mitigate mold.
R&S Flooding and Restoration general process remains consistent from inspection and assessment, through water removal and drying, to cleaning and restoration. Using high-efficiency equipment to quickly remove water and dirt along with advanced technology to detect hidden moisture, and extract standing water, we thoroughly clean impacted surfaces. The R&S team is there for you from immediate response to your water emergency to the moment every bit of moisture is gone, and your home is once again clean and safe for your family.
Once you’ve gone through the basics of assessing the damage following a flood, call the R&S experts to help you restore and repair your home.