An emergency plumbing issue in our property can trigger numerous consequences and hardly ever positive. We must be ready to control, as much as we can, the damage rushing water can cause and know how to react appropriately. Once you have noticed that your property is flooding, these are the steps to follow:
- Keep calm.
- Turn Off the Water, the Gas and the Electricity supplies. Make sure that you know where are they located and be careful while turning them off. Also disconnect all electrical appliances.
- It is important to move all the important items to a higher place (in case that it’s safe) and remove all the furniture and appliances affected by water to let them dry.
- If flooding is due to overflowing rivers or streams action, there may be mud in the house. At that point, you must remove the mud with a shovel to help lower the water level faster.
- In major flooding, it is essential not to lose sight of the integrity of the building. There are older buildings to which water affects them the most. If the door does not close properly and rubs the roof, that may be an indication that the flood has hit the ceiling and there is a risk of collapse.
- Do not forget to notify your plumbing company (8443724643) and the authorities (Emergency Services, firefighters or police) and follow their instructions. The housing structure might be affected by the action of water, in which case you shouldn’t return until experts consider that there is no danger of collapse.
- Once you have returned to your home, open the windows to remove moisture and facilitate the recovery of damaged materials.
- Now is when your home insurance can help you with coverage for water damage and flooding. It is important to have coverage for water damage, flood or adverse weather events to prevent such situations. We can also assist in finding a reputable restoration company.
- Once the flow of water has stopped, you should clean up around the affected area as quickly as possible. This will prevent further damage to any furniture or other objects in the vicinity, and make it easier for your plumber to reach the problem when he arrives. You should also mop up any water that’s already spilled, so as to prevent it soaking into the walls or floor.