With the recent terrible effects of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, people have found the need to discuss what to do in the event of flooding in their home. However, not all flooded homes are caused by a hurricane by a long shot. The majority of residential flood damage is caused by heavy rains or leaky plumbing—in other words, nearly everyone is susceptible. It’s important to know what to do if flooding occurs in your home, not only to help prevent damage, but to help protect you and your family:
- Shut off the water: If you discover flooding in your home caused by a plumbing issue, act fast and turn off the main water shutoff valve. You want to stop the source of the flooding as quickly as possible to help minimize the damage. If you don’t know where your main water shutoff valve is located, check the basement, garage or next to the water heater. If you can’t find it right away, you can call Rooter Group Inc. for assistance.
- Turn off your electricity: As we all know, water can act as a conductor for electricity. If the floodwater comes into contact with sockets, electronics or electrical wires in your home, it can cause electrocution, ruin your wiring and destroy expensive electronics. To help prevent this from happening, turn off your electricity until you can call for emergency plumbing in Toronto.
- Protect your furniture and other valuables: While you may not be able to prevent all flood damage, you can help minimize it by moving or protecting your furniture and other valuables. If you can, move your furniture and other easily damaged items like electronics and family photos to a higher level in your home or a space that is water-free. If you have larger pieces of furniture that you are unable to move, you can reduce the amount of damage by wrapping aluminum foil around the legs of your furniture.
- Call for help: If the flooding is caused by a plumbing issue, the first team you should call is Rooter Group Inc., your local source for 24-hour emergency plumbing in Toronto. We can come out as soon as possible and help stop the source of the flooding and make repairs. The second team you should call is a cleanup or restoration company to start combating the effects of the water damage.
- Start documenting the damage: Once immediate danger is averted, start documenting the damage and get in contact with your insurance company. Be sure to take pictures of everything from the floodwaters to the damage on walls, carpet, furniture and other household items. Make a running list of items damaged by the water so you are well prepared to make an accurate insurance claim.
Don’t be caught off guard by flooding in your home. Make a plan, be prepared and when faced with flooding in your home, you’ll know what to do. For more tips like these or to learn of other ways Rooter Group Inc. can help, contact us today!