Flooding is one of those emergency situations that you cannot do much to avoid, other than regular maintenance of your plumbing system and appliances. It usually occurs as a result of broken pipes, clogged drains, or faulty appliances, therefore coming home to flooding is always an unexpected nightmare. But fear not, there is an action plan for you to follow to help you get back to normal as soon as possible and avoid significant damage to your belongings and home.
There are a number of things you need to do. Most importantly you need to do these things as soon as you become aware that your home is flooded. First of all, turn off your home’s water source (usually using the stop tap which is often located under the kitchen sink). Next, turn off your home’s electricity supply at the fuse box. If the water comes into contact with live electrics it will act as a conductor. You may feel more comfortable asking an electrician to do this as they have a deeper knowledge than you of what is safe and not safe to come into contact with.
Once these crucial steps have been taken, evacuate your home and make sure that no one is hurt. It is likely that you will need to find alternative accommodation while your home is restored and made safe, so ring friends and family to see if you can stay with them, or book into a nearby hotel.
A flooded house is an overwhelming problem to deal with alone, so start calling round for help from friends and family. If you are renting your home you will need to call your Landlord to let them know what has happened, as they will need to take control of repairs. If you own your home, contact your home insurance company to set the ball rolling when it comes to compensation.
Next, walk around your home taking photos and documenting all of the damage, as your insurance provider will need proof before they are able to pay out. The easiest way to start dealing with water removal and restoration is to call a specialist service like ServiceMaster Restoration by Zaba.
A professional damage restoration service will use commercial standard equipment to remove the water from your home and even extract it from your belongings. They will then use drying and de-humidifying machines. You or the company you have hired will need to disinfect any belongings which have come into contact with the water, wearing protective clothing as you do so, as well as administering anti-mould treatments to your home. Mould will grow after flooding if you do not do this, and it can be a serious health hazard.
Flooding, whether it’s a result of natural causes or plumbing issues in your home, can be a very worrying situation to come home to. The clean-up process can take a long time and there might be some damage which cannot be rectified, but as long as you follow these steps and hire a professional restoration company to help you, you can prevent long term damage to your home. For more home maintenance advice, take a look atthis article on workingdaddy.co.uk.