A plumbing emergency can quickly turn into a nightmare if you are not able to stop the flow of water in time. While keeping your appliances and pipes in working order is helpful for preventing most water problems, all it takes is a burst pipe or a faucet left on to leave you standing in several inches of water.
When a major plumbing leak occurs, it is important to act fast to minimize the damage that the water does to your house. Since mold and mildew can begin growing within a matter of hours, you want to use these steps to immediately begin working to preserve your property.
Identify the Source of the Water
The first thing that you will need to do is figure out where the water is coming from. In some instances, such as a burst pipe, this will be obvious. However, it may take a little detective work to find leaks that happen behind your walls. Usually, following the flow of water will get you to the source.
Once you identify the source of your water leak, you will need to shut off the flow. Turning the valve that is located next to your appliance or sink can do this. Alternatively, you can use the main shut off valve outside of your house to stop water that is flowing from broken pipes.
Assess Your Safety
Anytime you have water leaking into your home, there is a potential risk to your safety. This is because water can seep into areas where wiring exists, and you never want to be standing near water that is exposed to electricity.
Before you walk into a flooded room, check to see if water is located near any electrical appliances or outlets. As an added safety measure, shut off the power at the main breaker to the room or to the house so that you can work without worrying about being electrocuted.
Remove Salvageable Belongings
If you caught the water leak early, you may be able to salvage items before they get wet. Check for anything in the room that is in the way of where water may seep, and remove it promptly to a dry area of your house or take it outside.
Once you have protected the dry items, you can also begin removing things such as clothing or furniture that has become wet. Place these in a separate place so that they can be prepared for proper drying once the main emergency situation has been resolved.
Extract All Standing Water
It is amazing how fast water can flow from your plumbing fixtures, and even an overflowing bathtub can generate more water on the floor than a few towels can soak up. Use a sump pump or have a professional water extraction company remove all of the standing water before it begins to soak into the drywall and floors.
Continue Drying Out Soaked Materials
It is important to understand that water damage can continue to occur long after the main water has been drained out. This is because water-soaked carpets, padding and fabrics can grow mold if they are not completely dry. Have these professionally treated to ensure that no water remains when you are done with the restoration.
Repair and Replace Damaged Property
After you have a plumbing emergency, you will naturally need to repair the cause. Then, check over the area in which the flooding occurred to see if anything needs to be replaced such as the drywall or cabinetry. If so, then repair or replace the damage so that you can finally be done with the job.
At Floodmasters, we know the damage that even a small amount of water can do to your property in a short time. For prompt removal, give us a call so that we can help you preserve your property.