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My Home Suffered Water Damage. Now What?

pool of water on the floor

Recovering from Water Damage

Water damage can be devastating for any family and their home. Whether caused by a natural disaster, a leak, or a burst pipe, excess water in your home can cause a lot of damage. If this is your first time dealing with a water issue, it can be difficult to know how to proceed.

The plumbers at Tip Top Drain Pros & Plumbing Experts have seen their fair share of plumbing problems and water damage and are here to help you know what to do if this should happen to your home. Read on to learn about your next steps and how to prevent water damage in the future.

Act Fast

Flooding not only keeps you from being in and using your home, it also poses a threat to your home’s life. Within just 24 hours, excess water can begin encouraging mold growth. If left long enough to develop and multiply, the mold could severely impact your health and the structural integrity of your home and furniture. So, be sure to proceed with the following steps as quickly as possible.

Locate the Problem Area

If your flooding is a result of a burst pipe or a leak, do your best to locate exactly where the problem began. Then, go to your home’s main water valve and shut it off. This will stop the flow of water and keep the problem from becoming worse.

Call Your Insurance Company

Your next move should be to call your insurance company. Policies vary from plan to plan, however your insurance agent should be able to talk you through the next steps and inform you on what they need in order to cover the damage. Take plenty of photos and videos of the damage for your records, and create a list of damages so you may reference them later on.

Keep in mind that not all homeowners insurance policies cover flood damage. If you are worried about flooding or water damage in your area, check with your insurance provider today!

Turn Off Power

It’s no secret that mixing water and electricity is not safe. If you are able to reach your power box without having to stand in water, turn off the power to your home. If the box is surrounded by water, it is best to leave and call an electrician to help.

Protect Valuables

If safe to do so, you may collect valuables and remove them from the home to prevent further damage. Be sure to wear rubber boots and gloves while collecting items and moving throughout the home in order to keep from getting injured or being exposed to bacteria-filled water.

Begin Restoration

Now is the time to bring in the professionals to restore your home. These experts will safely and efficiently remove the water, completely dry the affected areas, and remove any mold or mildew that may have begun to grow. They also offer carpet cleaning services to remove excess water, germs, and bacteria that may have settled.

If the flooding was the result of a burst pipe, it’s time to call your plumber at Tip Top Drain Pros & Plumbing Experts to make the necessary repairs. While they’re at it, they can take a look at the rest of the plumbing in your home to ensure there are no other issues at the time.

Preventing Water Damage

We can’t change the weather, but we can fix your plumbing! Scheduling repairs as soon as you notice signs of a plumbing problem can significantly decrease the likelihood of suffering water damage in your home. Keep in mind that our team offers 24/7 emergency services for those times you need us most!

When you’re ready to protect your home from water damage, give Tip Top Drain Pros & Plumbing Experts a call at (833) 207-0817 to schedule an appointment.