If your home or business has recently sustained water damage, whether a result of a flood, an internal or external leak or otherwise, it’s important to take action sooner rather than later. In situations like these, especially if there’s standing water, you’re likely to panic. However, you need to remain calm and follow some basic steps to increase your safety and the safety of your property.
This blog post will highlight several steps you should take after sustaining water damage, beginning with the switching off of all electrics.
1. Switch off all electrics
To begin with, you need to switch off all electrics. You can do this by shutting off power to the whole property via the fuse box, not turning this back on until it’s been checked by a professional.
Failing to switch off the electrics may result in a nasty electrocution or further water damage. As we’re sure you’re aware, water does not mix well with live electricity.
2. Move all furniture to prevent water damage
Next, you want to move all furniture and belongings away from the water and the water damage. This prevents the spread of bacteria and stops other items from becoming water damaged. If the water is still leaking, you should move the furniture to a safe space, such as upstairs if it’s safe to do so.
3. Get rid of the water
Once you’ve turned off all electrics and moved all furniture away from the water, you need to remove the water from the property. This can be difficult, so you may need to call a professional water damage restoration team.
You will likely need a water pump and other specialist equipment to do a proper job of it, so asking for help is usually the best course of action.
4. Ask for a water damage inspection
Once your property is rid of water, you should now hire a professional to conduct a water damage inspection. This inspection looks for any signs of damage or other health hazards, such as a build-up of mold, nasty odors, and bacteria.
This is crucial, as otherwise, you may miss small details which are hazardous to you and your family’s health.