When a water damage emergency arises, the most important thing to focus on is keeping you and your family safe. Be careful not to injure yourself. Common injuries from water damage include slip and falls, electrical shocks, and collapsed objects. Every situation from small leaks to major bursts should be treated seriously. Here are our top water damage safety tips.
1. Stop Further Damage – Cut the Supply of Water
Stopping the flow of water can minimize the extent of damage to your home or business, as well as reduce the harm you and your family are exposed to. If the water source is coming from a burst pipe or valve, you should cut the flow to the pipe by turning off the main shutoff valve feeding the property. Read our “Emergency! How do I stop the water?” guide to learn how to shut off the water to your property.
If the water source is coming from weather or other natural disasters, you will need to stop the flow of water by other means. If areas of your home have been damaged, such as broken windows or doors, seal off the affected areas with material such as tarp to prevent more water from getting into your home.
2. Stop Using Electrical Appliances
Immediately stop using appliances that are wet or near the affected area. Do not attempt to unplug your appliances. Instead, turn off your home’s electricity at the electrical panel. To turn off your property’s electricity at the electrical panel, read our “Emergency! How Do I Turn Off My Electricity?” guide.
3. Be Aware of Potential Electrical Damage or Gas Leaks
Floods may cause damage to homes that are not visibly noticeable. Gas leaks can cause explosions in your home and damaged electrical parts can shock you if you come in contact with water.
4. Be Careful of Weakened Floors or Ceilings
Water damage can weaken ceilings and floors. When re-entering your home, be aware of your surroundings as parts of your ceilings and roof may collapse, or your floor may give out.
5. Prevent Mold
If an item has been in contact with water for over 48 hours, chances are that it will develop mold and should be disposed of. Furniture that is difficult to dry like couches and mattresses should be thrown away as well. Make sure to take pictures of your damaged belongings first for insurance purposes.
5. Call A Professional
Even if the emergency was just a minor leak, you should still contact a professional to get your home inspected because there could be potential threats like mold buildup that you may not be aware of.
Our professionals at Paul Davis Restoration will take care of your home in stressful times. Let our friendly, knowledgeable staff give you peace of mind with our thorough recovery and restoration. If your home has been damaged by water, contact us 24/7 for a solution.