When it comes to a flood or water damage emergency in your home, every minute counts. There are several important steps you should take in the event of a home flood emergency situation to mitigate water damage and begin the cleanup process.
First, know your home. Identify where all the water shutoff valves are in your home and make sure everyone in the house knows how to shut them off. For a home with a well water system, the shutoff valve is usually located on the house side of the pressure tank. If you have a well system, know how to cut power to the pressure tank as well. For a home that uses a meter, the shutoff is usually located on just inside the house, often in a closet facing the front of the house or on the front basement wall. Typically, a quarter turn shuts off the water supply, but older homes may be equipped with gate valves that have to be turned repeatedly to stop water from flowing.
Make sure you also know where to find the hot water shutoff on your water heater, the inline shutoffs to the toilets and sinks, and the shutoff valves leading to the dishwasher and clothes washer.
Make sure you also know who to call when you need emergency flood service. In addition to calling the flood emergency experts at Roto-Rooter, be prepared to call an electrician and your insurance company. With regard to what is damaged, it is best to take photographs to document and assess the destruction. Then, call your insurance agent as soon as possible to get the claims process started. The earlier you do this, the sooner you can begin repairs. A comprehensive insurance plan may not cover all flood damage, especially if you live in a flood plain or hurricane region and don’t have a flood insurance policy. So it is best to consider the smartest way to begin recovery. Quick reaction times and immediate mitigation can improve your chances for saving water-damaged belongings and reducing the costs of property restoration.
If floodwater inside your home is not dealt with quickly, your walls, as well as your carpet, flooring, ceiling and personal property can quickly become waterlogged and damaged beyond repair. Flooded zones can quickly become unsafe for human exposure. Consider that dangerous bacteria begin to multiply in wet environments, not to mention rot and mold growth. All it takes is a few inches of water to create a serious threat to your home or office. The harmful effects of water damage can be reduced greatly by the prompt and reliable water damage restoration services from Roto-Rooter. Our plumbing experts are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to quickly repair the problem that caused the flood (if applicable), and prevent further damage.
Our plumbing and water removal experts are well-trained and knowledgeable in the area of water damage restoration. Our trained professionals receive the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and they’ll always perform water restoration services in compliance with the highest standards for professional water damage restoration. Roto-Rooter’s vehicles are fully equipped with state-of-the art water extraction, drying and moisture testing equipment to handle everything including: