You come home after a long, hard day at work to find water everywhere – a waterline has ruptured and your home is filled with moisture in everything. What do you do now? Here, you'll find a few tips to help you lessen the impact of this mess and how to ensure that it doesn't haunt you for years.
Shut Off the Water
Go to the main water shut-off valve. This could be in your basement, near the water heater, or outside near your meter. Turning off the water to the entire home will allow you to take your time as you figure out exactly where it was all coming from without worrying about more water pouring into the home.
Call for Professional Water Damage Repair Assistance
There will be water damage that will need to be repaired. If the repairs are not made properly, the damage will continue to worsen with time. The sooner you get a call made for home water damage restoration services, the sooner they'll be able to help.
Snap a Few Photos
Very quickly, snap a few photos of the mess. This will be used for insurance purposes later. You don't want to waste a whole lot of time before beginning cleanup, but it's a good idea to have a few shots of what the mess was like prior to cleanup and repairs.
Clear the Water
If you have a wet-dry vacuum, use it to suck the water up off the floor – you can use it on carpeting and hard-surface flooring. Once you've sucked up most of the water, get as many towels as you'll need to soak up the remaining moisture.
If the leak was in the kitchen, pull the dishwasher, stove, and fridge out of their cubbies and clear the water that has run behind them. These areas are highly prone to water damage, and the fact that they're hidden spaces will make it more likely to miss the mess behind.
Call your Insurance Agent
Now that you've gotten things under control, it's time to contact your homeowner's or renter's insurance agent. In most cases, water damage caused by interior sources will be covered under the policy. This means that a burst pipe will be covered, but a flood from outside would not. Your agent will likely send someone out to inspect the area and appraise the damage.
This will be a lot of work, but when done right, the water damage will not be an issue much longer. Good luck.