If your home has suffered water damage, don’t panic. You cannot change the past, so simply focus on what you can do moving forward. Many water damaged homes need the services of professionals to get it back in living condition, but there are a few immediate steps you can take to minimize long-term damages.
1. Address electronics first. One of the most prominent hazards involving standing water is the possibility of electrocution. Before you touch anything, though, you need to unplug everything and, if possible, shut off the electricity altogether. However, if shutting off the electricity means that you must enter standing water, it is best to call an electrician to determine the best course of action.
2. Take out the source of the water. This is the sensible first step. If possible, stop more water coming into your home by shutting off your main water line. Contact a licensed professional if you aren’t sure where the water is coming from.
3. Snap as many pictures as possible. Thorough documentation gives your insurance company a solid idea of the damage while also giving you a chance to assess the damage and what areas of your home you need to tackle first.
4. Take out as much water as you can, as quickly as you can. The more time water is allowed to sit, the more damage it will do to your home. Equipment like Shop-Vacs are extremely useful in these situations, but don’t risk it if you are still worried about electrical hazards. The old-fashioned method of using a bucket and mop is the best route if that is the case. Wear protective gear, like rubber gloves and boots, if you have them, and keep children and pets away from standing water.
5. Dry out your house. After you have gotten rid of all the standing water you are able to clear up, you then need to turn on all the fans and dehumidifiers you have to dry up the remaining moisture. Taking this step within one day of standing water entering your home is extremely effective at preventing mold and mildew. Open your windows for an extra breeze.
6. Clear out any debris and disinfect the affected areas. Certain debris and mud can contain toxins when they enter a home. While wearing protective gear, shovel any solid material out of your house. Once you have gotten rid of all you can, take a disinfectant to all surfaces that were touched by water or debris.
After you have taken the necessary immediate steps after your house experiences water damage, you must now call your insurance company and begin that process. During that process, you need an aggressive and knowledgeable attorney by your side to ensure you get a fair settlement. Get in touch with The Monfiston Firm, P.A. to see how we can help.