If you return home to find water in your basement, you’ll want to spring into action…But, don’t be alarmed!
We’ve got 5 expert tips to help you devise a quick cleanup strategy and get your home back on track! With these tools, you’ll be able to assess the damage efficiently and have a clear understanding of what to expect.
Before you begin moving your items and evaluating the source of the leak, remember that safety is paramount! Be sure to turn off your electricity breaker and gas line immediately before entering the scene. It’s also a good idea to put on gloves and other protective clothing. Exercise caution in slippery areas and utilize a pair of waterproof boots, if you can.
Stop The Water Flow
As you know, water damage can happen quickly so it’s crucial to figure out the source. You’ll want to stop the water flow as soon as possible. Take note of the environment. If you’re experiencing cold temperatures, inspect your pipes to see if the cause is a burst or frozen pipe. Immediately turn off your water supply if this is the case. Inspect floor drains, especially if you notice pooling water. A clogged drain can prevent water from dispersing.
Remove Your Items
As soon as you’ve stopped the water leak, you’ll need to begin relocating your affected possessions. Move them far from the water-damaged area where the items can have plenty of ventilation. Mold can begin to set in 24-48 hours after water exposure so it’s important to make sure waterlogged items have plenty of airflow. Assess which items can be cleaned and which will need to be disposed of.
Call Your Insurance Company
Once your items are moved out of the way and the source of the leak has been stopped, It’s time to begin the repair process. You’ll want to contact your homeowner’s insurance provider to determine what your next steps should be. These experts are adept at managing water damage at every scale. They’ll go over what your policy covers and get the ball rolling to repair the damage as quickly as possible.
During a flood, it’s almost certain flooring will bear the brunt of the damage. You’ll want to give as much airflow as possible to your flooring to prevent mold and bacteria growth, as well as warping. Carpets should be pulled up to allow ventilation underneath. Consult a professional if you have hardwood or other types of flooring to determine if it will need to be replaced.
Ryan grew up in Keokuk, graduated from Keokuk Senior High, and started his agency in Keokuk from scratch in 2003 after having worked for one of the largest international accounting firms, KPMG, LLP.
Ryan is hardworking; his loyal and trustworthy character is exemplified by the way he does business. He thoroughly enjoys helping clients through the insurance buying process to secure coverage for their most valuable assets.