What to Do When You've Got Water Damage
A pipe burst in the basement. It's an unpleasant surprise to find after a cold night or when you return home from a winter vacation. Water has been leaking all over. Or, after a heavy rain, water is leaking through the roof into your living room. If you've got water damage, we're here to help.
• Do not use electrical equipment or appliances while standing on wet carpet or floors.
• Never use electrical equipment that has been water damaged, even if you are using it in any dry area.
• Use safety precautions when dealing with any water damage issue.
Prevent Future Damage
• If the water is coming from a burst or leaking pipe, try to find the closes shut-off valve and turn it off.
• If water is coming in through the roof or broken windows, try to cover as best as you can with tarps or plastic sheeting.
• Take photos and videos. Save all damaged items, Your claims representative may want to inspect them.
• Keep a list of temporary repairs you make and save all claim-related bills and receipts .
• Move wet items to drier areas. Place aluminum foil, coasters or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
• Remove area rugs from the floor. Dyes in carpets can stain flooring, carpeting and wood floors.
• Clean up as much water as possible by mopping or blotting with towels.
Don't be fooled into thinking a minor leak is a minor problem. Even the smallest leaks can turn into costly water bills and result in major damage. Here are some tips to help prevent major losses.
Turn off the main water valve and then check the water meter outside your home. Is it still moving? If so, water is flowing somewhere and it's time to investigate.
Look at Your Water Bill
A sudden or large fluctuation in your water bill for unknown reasons could be a tip off to one or more water leaks. Even if you don't see obvious evidence of water damage, a bigger water bill probably means water is leaking somewhere.
Most water sensors are inexpensive and battery-powered with an alarm that sounds when water is detected. They're easy to install yourself.
More sophisticated devices can automatically shut off water to an appliance or even to your entire house. Plumbers and electricians are usually needed to install this type of sensor.