Houston is known for a plethora of wonderful things. Unfortunately, the city has been plagued by a recurring natural disaster: floods. More than 180 years after settlement, Houston residents still battle water infiltrating their homes. If floodwater inside your home is not dealt with in a timely manner, your walls, as well as your carpet, flooring, ceiling and personal property can quickly become damaged, creating an environment for bacteria, rot and mold growth.
Not every flood is caused by natural disasters, though. There are many instances where a clogged toilet or leaky pipe is the source of the issue. In either case, the first thing you'll need to do when a part of your home is flooded is turn off electricity to the flooded rooms from the main breaker.
If your bathroom or kitchen is flooded because of a problem at home, rather than weather, the next thing you'll need to do is turn off the water. If your toilet or a sink is overflowing, look for a silver knob on the wall near where the water line should come from. Tighten this to stop the flow. If it's unclear where the water is coming from, or you don't see this knob, turn off the water to the whole house.
Before beginning to clean or remove water, it's a good idea to snap a few pictures and record any damage for your insurance company. These will help in the claims process. Call your insurance as soon as possible.
Once the water and electricity are turned off, it's time to get busy cleaning, drying and reaching out to the right people for help. First, remove anything that hasn't been damaged. Next, check to see if your sump pump has stopped working. If you don't have a sump pump, head to your closest hardware store to rent them. Finally, call Roto-Rooter in Houston to determine the cause of the flood and to clean up the water with our water restoration services.