No matter what caused your water damage, whether it was a flash flood or a slab leak, there are a number of steps you can take to clean up the mess. Read on to learn more about these steps and then reach out to Top Service Plumbing at (760) 309-1900 for help ensuring the plumbing side of things is taken care of.
Ensuring safety is the first priority
If the water damage you’re dealing with involves or is near wiring or outlets, then electrical safety then this needs to be your first concern. If the leak is minor then it may be enough off the circuit breaker that’s powering all outlets near the leak. If several rooms have been damaged by water then you may need to shut down the entire circuit panel. In the case of widespread flooding throughout the home, and in which you have standing water in your home, then you’ll need to reach out to the utility company to remove the electrical meter altogether.
Stop the water from flowing
Once it’s safe, you need to stop the water. If it’s coming from your own plumbing then it could be causing serious damage every second that it continues to run. You’re looking for the main water shut-off valve in your home. It’s often in the basement close to where the water enters your home. If may be outside your home near your water meter. Once you find the valve, it needs to be turned off with a specific long-handled tool that’s called a water key. You can get one at your local hardware store.
If you haven’t used your shut off valve within the last few years, it can be sticky and difficult to shut off. you may need to grease the threads with whatever lubricant you have around. If you still can’t get it, contact Top Service Plumbing for emergency plumbing services.
Make sure your assets are covered
After you’re sure that you’re not at risk for electrical shock and have turned off the flow of water, you’ll want to contact your homeowners insurance company. They often will cover a burst pipe, but not necessarily damage from a flood. This is because flood insurance is sold separately and usually by different carriers. Take photos of all the water damage before you start cleaning up. If you don’t, then you could end up fighting your insurance company.
Dry out your home
Now it’s time to get your home dry. If there’s standing water in your home then you can use a wet/dry shop vac, or electric pump. Get rid of any water damaged items and sort them into piles of salvageable and unsalvageable. Things that need to be disposed of include carpet, carpet padding, food products, paper products, and most electronics. You may be able to save valuable upholstered furniture and some rugs, but they need to be seen right away by remediation experts.