Water damage in a home can be as severe as a 100% loss due to a leaky roof and structural damage or as small as a wet spot behind the refrigerator. Either way, they both can lead to the same thing-total devastation of your home costing you and your insurance company thousands of dollars or more. Use this list to form an emergency plan to get it fixed.
Turn off the main supply When water is leaking out of control, you have no idea how to stop it, turn off the main valve. This can be found at the street curb for municipal supplies and next to your pump if you own a well. When in doubt, turn off the water!
Move Furniture When water starts to flow, you’ll need to quickly remove any furniture that will soak up the water and hinder you from cleaning up. If you can’t move it, put a plastic bag under each leg to help protect it from water damage.
Remove draperies and rugs Water can soak up quickly into draperies and rugs. Roll up the rugs and lift the draperies off of the floor and onto the curtain rod.
Call someone quick! If water is leaking out at a fast paced rate, you’ll need to make a few quick phone calls to an emergency plumbing service. While you’re doing that, drain the water away from the house by flushing a few toilets and letting water roll down the drain.
Keep it away from the walls If water has a chance to get behind walls, your home can be in for some serious trouble. Use towels, clothes or blankets to keep water from flowing behind baseboards. Water will turn to mold once it gets behind the walls. After that it’s all over and you’re going to need to tear out and replace the drywall, insulation and other wet materials.
Call in the cleaners if water damage is very severe, you may need to call a water damage restoration specialist. Many times, they will do a free assessment to tell you what’s wrong before you get it repaired.