Water damage inside your house is a nightmare. The effects of blocked drains or a burst or leaking pipe can include everything from mouldy carpets to weakened foundations – and the problems multiply if you suffer from a slow, hidden leak which isn’t identified and fixed quickly. The longer moisture is allowed to sit in places where it’s not supposed to be, the more damage it will cause, so it’s important to move quickly. Here are the first steps you should take to help resolve the situation as quickly and painlessly as possible.
1. Make sure the area is safe, and prevent further damage
The very first thing you need to do is make sure the area is safe. In a household situation, this often means making sure that electricity is turned off to the affected area, and it may also mean keeping people (particularly children) away from slippery or damaged floors or stairs. You also need to take steps to minimise or prevent further damage. Turn off the water supply to any affected pipes, to prevent more water flowing into the problem area, and seek professional help to identify, locate, and resolve the issue.
2. Discard or dry your things out as quickly as possible.
The longer you allow things to remain wet, the worse the damage will be, so it’s important to get the drying process started straight away. Depending on your circumstances, towels, air circulation from outdoors, fans, and heaters may all be useful tools. If you decide that certain items are too damaged to be saved by drying, discard them straight away. A shelf full of soggy books, for example, will soon be covered in unhealthy moulds and smelling unpleasantly musty. Promptly disposing of items which can’t be salvaged will give you more time and space to work on drying items which have better prospects of being saved.
3. Contact your insurance company
If you are planning to make a claim through your insurer, make contact as early as possible to get the ball rolling. Claims take time to process, and if you have suffered substantial damage, you may need those funds to complete repairs or to replace necessary items. Be sure to photograph and document the damage you uncover, as you will need this information to make a successful claim.
If you find yourself in need of emergency plumbing services, PNG Solutions offer fast, reliable plumbers who make it their mission to solve your plumbing disaster as quickly as possible. Remember: acting quickly at the first sign of a blockage or leak is likely to save you considerable time, money, and heartache in the long run by reducing the amount of water damage done to your home.