What to Do When a Water Loss Occurs
Water loss can occur as the result of floods from major rains, a burst pipe, water tank flooding, water main flooding due to storm damage or wear and tear of the equipment or structure over time. When this type of event occurs, there are both preventative and post water damage measures recommended to follow to prevent further damage to the building or pipe systems affected.
Steps to take during the event of water loss are:
Protect Yourself and Contents
Water damage can be harmful to your health and can damage possessions in the home. Water from any type of flooding can be contaminated and have lasting negative effects.
Ensure to shut off any electricity by switching off any circuit breakers and unplugging devices. Only turn off electricity in the home if it is safe to do so. When reentering the home ensure you are wearing protective gear such as rubber boots. If safe to do so grab the most valuable items such as electronics, jewelry, and documents.
Stop the Water Damage
You must know where the water is coming from. Once you have pinpointed the root of the water event you can shut the water off at its source.
A common cause of water damage is a broken pipe or a hot water tank leak. Always know where shut off valves are. This way when a water loss occurs you are prepared and can act fast. As for natural causes, like flooding, if you live in a flood zone be prepared by being equipped with sandbags and possibly making the home more flood safe.
With storm season in Manteca and Modesto, expect harsh rains and winds. A leaking ceiling can come at any moment. Have an expert check for any damages if you have a leak and allow a professional to fix a leaking roof.
Through all the possibilities of a water loss, the prime damage can be mold or mildew. Keep aware and look for signs of moisture along baseboards, look for discolored buildings, and seek to be aware of foul odors.
Be prepared and be aware of these measures this storm season.