Dealing with a surprise indoor flooding

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The huge hassle of coming home to a flooded house. (Photo Credits)

Water damage can occur anytime, and the truth is, it can happen even in the most unexpected moments. One such instance could be while the whole household is on vacation elsewhere. When pipes burst, the sump pump fails, or the roof suddenly leaks and there’d been a heavy downpour, expect water to pool inside the house and water damage to set in subsequently. And the worst thing about all these is the homeowner will only find out upon his return.

So what should a homeowner do when he returns home to find out that his home is flooded or water damage occurred while he was away?

Depending on the gravity of the situation, a homeowner can still avert an even bigger disaster if he will act as soon as he can, with of course his personal safety as a priority.

So for instance, if he comes home to roof leaks that may have warped his walls, and have soaked up his home’s flooring, then the best thing that he can do is to inspect the damages, take appropriate photographs for insurance purposes and seek professional assistance from a water damage restoration company. Check over here 

If for instance there was a pipe burst that have been continuously emitting water, and has flooded the whole home, the homeowner should immediately turn off the breaker if it is safe to do, and then turn off the main water valve. Any self-troubleshooting or Do It Yourself work at this point can be counter-productive given the gravity of the situation. The best thing to do according to them is to call for an emergency plumber to remediate the situation.

This is actually the advice found in one of the articles published by the Washington Post.

“Not all plumbing companies have 24-hour service, so it’s a good idea to research and choose one in advance so you’re not scrambling after water floods your house. Plumbing costs vary depending on where the pipes are located and how bad the damage is, Thompson said. You may also need to contact a water damage professional, he said, particularly if carpeting, flooring, walls or ceilings are severely damaged.”

Read the rest of their advice here.

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