It’s impossible to know when water damage will affect your home. Even if you have made your basement flood-proof, you still could be affected by a burst pipe. It only takes a small leak to make a big impact on your home. If you spot water damage, here is a step-by-step guide for what to do.
- Assess the Situation
Not all water damage is created equally. For example, you may have to leave your home if your basement is completely flooded, you probably won’t if you kitchen sink is leaking. Identify the source of the water and see if you can prevent it from getting worse. If you can’t identify the source or there are large amounts of water that need to be removed before you can fix the issue, call a professional.
- Call Your Insurance Company
Whether you own or rent your home, you may have insurance coverage. Policies vary greatly, but it doesn’t hurt to ask if your covered. An insurance adjuster can also assess the situation and help you determine your next steps.
- Keep the Area Safe and Secure
Depending on the size of the issue, you may not be able to completely restore your property right away. Even if you are waiting for professional services to arrive to quickly remedy the issue, you still need to make sure the area is secure. Start by turning off the power in the area. Wear protective gear to remove any possessions from the area and begin drying them out. If you have little ones or pets, block the area off.
- Begin Removing Excess Water
Once the area is secure, remove any excess water. You may need to contact a water damage restoration company to complete this step. If you do, the company can also advise you on the best way to dry the area, check for mold, and prevent future damage. Keep in mind that you may need to remove flooring, insulation, or drywall to completely get rid of the excess water and restore your property.
- Check for Mold
Once your area is completely dry, take a moment to inspect for mold. It doesn’t take a lot of water for mold and mildew to begin forming. If you see signs of growth, contact a professional to remove it immediately. If not, clean the area thoroughly to help kill off any spores.