Your home can flood due to a variety of reasons, maybe your kids left the bath running, or your pipes freeze over winter. Since we are approaching the rainy season in Maryland, excessive rainfall can even be the cause of your flooding. In a moment of crisis, it can be challenging to remain calm and know what to do next.
Don’t worry, we here at Home Services Restoration, LLC can line out the necessary steps to take in the event of a flooding emergency. Read below to find out what you can do to prevent further damage to your home. Furthermore, we have potential solutions for any damage caused by the floodwaters.
Take These Immediate Actions
By following these suggestions below, you can prevent further damage and ensure your and your family’s safety.
Put Safety First
Before rushing into action, consider if the situation is safe or not. If the flooding is excessive, it may be necessary to evacuate your home. If this is the case, make sure to turn off the power supply to your home. Doing so will eliminate the potential dangers of electricity and water combined. When returning into the house upon evacuation, make sure to wear appropriate safety gear, as there could be harmful contaminants in your water.
Stopping Water at the Source
See if you can identify the source of the flooding into your home. Flooding causes range from external factors, such as heavy rains or flash flooding, or internal factors, such as a burst pipe. If you happen to have a toolkit or plumbers tape, you may be able to patch a leak while help is on the way temporarily. The most immediate way to prevent further flooding is to turn off the main water valve in your home. By knowing the location of the water valve, you can save precious time in an emergency.
Once the home is safe to reenter and the appropriate safety gear is on, make sure to document the extent of the damage to your home. You can do this by taking photos or filming with your cell phone camera. This documentation will prove helpful in the insurance process, so you can file and receive the appropriate repairs.
Clean and Dry
After documenting the damages, you can start the tedious cleaning process. You can use hoses, buckets, or other vessels to help eliminate the standing water. Once the water is gone, you still have to take the appropriate steps and dry the home completely. Fans, air conditioners, and dehumidifiers all help immensely with this process.
Call the Experts
Not everyone is prepared to handle a flooding emergency. If you feel as if you are in over your head, contact the necessary individuals to assist you in the process. A call to an expert water restoration specialist can prevent further damage from occurring to your home.
When Damage is Irreparable
With flooding, some level of damage to the home is inevitable. Whether it affects your drywall or flooring, the issues will occur. Don’t fear, we at Home Services Restoration, LLC are well versed in reconstruction after severe flooding. We can even assist with the water removal, cleaning, and drying process.
Mitigating Water Damage
Our team will first identify the areas suffering from the most damage to best control water damage in the home. This will assist in determining how the flooding occurred within the home, such as a backed-up pipe. We then can remove the water, appropriately dry the space, and remedy the issues that initially caused flooding.
Reconstruction Is Possible
If there was a severe flood in your home, the chances are that more extensive steps in the restoration process will need to be taken. However, Home Services Restoration, LLC wants to make this process simple and straightforward. Our team is capable of the following:
Dehumidifying the home
Attic and crawlspace repair
Reconstruction and rebuilding (including exterior features of the home)
When flooding occurs in your home, don’t panic. Take the steps outlined by the experts at Home Services Restoration, LLC! If you need our services or would like to learn more, just give us a call at (240) 348-9566 or fill out our online contact form!