At Roto-Rooter, we’ve encountered a variety of plumbing problems. Thankfully, when disaster strikes you don’t have to worry. Here are some quick tips on how to handle plumbing disasters.
Have you ever gone downstairs only to find that your basement is covered in water? What is the first thing you should do? If it is safe for you to do so, find your water main and turn it off. Everyone in the home over twelve years old should know where the water main is and how to turn it off properly. Next, it is wise to call Roto-Rooter and have one of our technicians come out to find where your problem is. While you're waiting for us to arrive, start moving furniture and possessions out of the water to minimize damage.
The technician informs you that you have a broken pipe. How did this happen? In the winter when it is cold, pipes can freeze and break. Then, when the warm weather returns in the spring and the pipes thaw out, water will start flooding your house. This is especially common in pipes that go near the outside wall of the house, such as the water pipe leading to your outside faucet. You may never know this pipe is broken until you attach your hose to the faucet and turn on the water to wash the car or water the flowers.
After the pipe is fixed, it is time to turn your attention to clean up. It is vital that you get as much of the water sucked out of the carpet as possible with a utility vacuum. Next, pull back the carpet and remove the pad. You will need to replace this with a new one to avoid mold growth. Turn up the heat in the room and put industrial sized fans in to blow the carpet and dry it out. You will want to do this as quickly as you can to avoid getting mold and mildew. If you cannot do this job yourself ASAP, you will need to call a disaster cleanup company to assess damage and start a comprehensive cleanup.
It is vital that you make sure there is no mold in your carpet, floorboards, or walls. Black mold is extremely dangerous and can cause damage to your body. There are several steps involved in getting rid of black mold and it would be wise to get a professional cleanup crew experienced in this type of job to come in to take care of the problem properly. If it is left untreated, it can lead to serious illness and even death. An ozone machine may need to be used to kill all the mold spores, in which case you will have to move out of the home while this is being done.
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