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10 Safety Steps When Dealing With Water Damage

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Imagine this scenario. You wake up at 7am to go to work and walk through your living room, only to hear, “squish, squish, squish” and see footprints left behind. The worst thing that could have happened overnight did… A pipe burst in your wall and has been leaking water for 8 hours, flooding your entire home and saturating carpet. What do you do?

Here are 10 quick and easy tips and safety steps to take when dealing with a flood or water damage disaster.

  1. If you are in a life threatening situation, call 911 immediately.
  2. Immediately leave any wet or flooded areas. Do not stand on wet ground.
  3. Ensure all people and animals in the building are safe and get them to dry ground.
  4. Ensure the structure is safe, if not, leave the building immediately.
  5. Turn off any electricity to the affected area, as long as it is safe to do so.
  6. Turn off the water supply at the meter, usually located in the front of the building.
  7. Turn off any natural gas supply lines.
  8. Call a local water damage restoration company to schedule immediate cleanup.
  9. Call your insurance adjuster to file a claim. Most water damage losses are covered by insurance.
  10. Set up any needed shelter, or contact a friend or family member for additional housing assistance.

If the structure is safe, after following the above steps, follow this short checklist to have ready for the water damage technician when they arrive.

Exterior Damage Checklist:

* Any missing or damaged roof shingles?
* Is there bent or missing flashing?
* Is there gutter damage?
* Is the chimney intact or damaged?
* Is the stucco stained or cracked and loose?
* Is the brick wet or stained?
* Are the siding boards intact, warped or loose?
* Are there signs of water intrusion through the windows?
* Are there signs of water intrusion through basement windows or window wells?

Attic Damage Checklist:

* Is any of the insulation wet or damaged?
* Are any of the vents damaged or missing?
* Do you see any daylight through the roof?
* Do HVAC ducts have condensation or is insulation wet?
* Are structural elements wet, rotting or warping?

Crawlspace / Basement Damage Checklist

* Are all of the foundation walls intact?
* Is the basement or crawl space dry or wet?
* Are the floors above the basement stained or dry?
* Is the ductwork dry and intact or stained or damaged?
* Is the furnace operating or water damaged?
* Is the water heater tipped over, disconnected from the service line or otherwise damaged?

Interior / Contents Damage Checklist

* What rooms are affected?
* Are the walls intact?
* Is the ceiling leaking?
* Is there water on the floor?
* Are any personal contents damaged?

By following these safety steps and checklists, you should be well prepared for any water damage emergency that may happen. If you have any questions, follow the link to our website below or follow us on twitter at @restoration365.

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