Water Damage

How to Minimize Water Damage in your House

»Posted by on Sep 13, 2017 in Water Damage | 0 comments

The basement has flooded because the sump pump stopped working. You did not realize the toilet upstairs was overflowing until you see water leaking through the ceiling. It is too late. However, there are some steps to take that would help minimize the damage, whatever the cause is. 

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  • Shut the Water Off 

It may appear very obvious. However, you may forget to find the leaking water source and turn it off in a soaking moment.  

Professionals suggest that you first ensure the sump pump is still plugged in and the electrical breaker has not tripped if the leak is related to the sump pump. Also, inspect to see if the float is stuck or the drain is clogged before you conclude that the pump is completely not working and will need to be repaired or replaced.  

  • Protect the House 

Your responsibility is to secure your house from more damage once the water is shut off. Put buckets in rooms that have leaks, and move light and valuable furniture to a safe area. If required, use a tarp in the areas that are affected.  

Report the claim quickly to your insurance company. They need to be given a chance to send help as soon as possible to prevent further damage and mold growth. 

Homeowners must immediately contact a water damage restoration company if it is after hours or if a representative is not available. Homeowners have the right to pick their own provider, even though your insurer might suggest a provider.  

  • Call in a Professional 

The effects sometimes linger, even if you already mopped the water. Water could be sneaky. Any water damage, whether it is catastrophic or minor, has a chance of becoming a mold issue if not properly addressed. It is a good idea to call an expert to perform inspection if there is any possibility that porous flooring materials, ceilings, cabinets, or walls have been exposed to water. Even apparently harmless damage might be a lot worse than you think. A small water puddle of your dishwasher may appear minor. However, it can be the tip of the iceberg. 

If you are in doubt, immediately call a professional for a water damage restoration in San Antonio. A tiny service fee to check for moisture now is a lot better than a huge mold remediation bill in the future.  

  • Avoid Doing This 

A puddle of standing water in your home may cause you to rattle. However, avoid anything that has to do with electricity, whatever actions you take.  

Particularly on tile or concrete floors, don’t use ceiling fans, computers, radios, TVs, or any other electrical appliances while standing on wet floors or carpets.  

Homeowners also must prevent irreversible actions like drywall demolition or carpet removal until an expert checks the situation. This is because, in older houses, asbestos and lead might be present in the materials of the building and not properly removing it might lead to a lot of contamination issues.   

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