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Floods, leaks or severe rain can all wreak serious havoc on your home.
In extreme cases, water damage has the power to destroy precious possessions and leave your beloved house uninhabitable for days or more. But you can reduce the lasting impact of a flood or leak by taking the right steps.
What are they?
Stop the Water Flow (if Possible)
First things first: turn the water off right away.
This is obviously only a viable solution if the flood or leak in your home is caused by a damaged water pipe, faulty appliance or any other source within your control. If you know how and can do so safely, switch the water off to minimize the risk of further damage.
Turn the Power Off
A safety-first approach is fundamental when handling water damage in the home. One of the most effective ways to minimize danger is to switch your power supply off as soon as possible.
But only do this if it’s safe. If your main electrical controls are located in a space affected by the flood or leak directly — such as in a basement — just get out of the property as soon as you can. Avoid any electrical appliances on your way.
Let Professionals Handle the Hard Work
While you might be tempted to try to fix water damage yourself and get your home in a livable condition quickly, it’s best to err on the side of caution. Trained professionals have the right experience and gear to stay safe when handling even the worst floods or leaks.
Get in touch with a local water damage team to help you. Make sure they’re a reputable firm with a history of working on similar projects.
Dry Your Belongings Out Properly
Water damage specialists have access to cutting-edge equipment to dry your property out and reduce the risk of mold forming in the aftermath of a severe flood or leak. But make sure you dry your personal belongings — such as clothes, bedding, furniture etc. — out thoroughly.
Dehumidifiers pull excess moisture from the air and can encourage your property to dry faster too. Any items which have been sodden by exposure to water completely should be replaced where possible.
Watch Out for Mold
Be aware that flooding and leaks can lead to mold formation. If you try to handle the water extraction, cleaning and drying processes yourself, you could miss multiple damp spots — creating the right conditions for mold to thrive.
Mold must be removed as soon as possible to prevent it becoming dangerous. Toxic black mold is particularly hazardous to your health, especially in young children or those with weakened immune systems.
Follow these 5 steps to reduce water damage’s impact on your home after a flood or leak. Stay safe: water damage can weaken your property’s structural integrity over time, so don’t return to your home before it’s been dried and checked to ensure it’s secure.