What Do I Do After The Flood!?
Broken/frozen pipes, sewer backups, a broken water heater etc. are things that can happen anywhere/anytime and create hundreds/thousands of dollars in damages and repairs. Knowing what to do in the middle of a flood and how to get your home in tip top shape is imperative information everyone should know. Continue reading to find out what you should do in the event of a flood within your home.
A) Shut Off Water: know where your shut off valve is at all times. This is the first and most vital step to keeping your home safe. Read our post “Have you seen my shut off valve?” to give you details as to where your shut off maybe located. In the case that your sewer is backing up turn off the shower, sink, tub, dishwasher, washing machine and DO NOT flush your toilet. You want to avoid anything that would let water into your drain pipes.
B) Precaution: when a major flood occurs it is most often clear water from pipes. However, in the instance that you see muddy, dirty or sewage water it is contaminated. Do not come in direct contact and wear protective gear to avoid toxins/contaminants such as gloves, goggles and boots.
C) Drying: old can grow and spread very quickly. Removing any/all items that are wet within 48 hours is imperative. Lay out all furniture, carpet, blankets, or anything fibrous in the sun. Use large drying fans to dry walls and floors. Lastly keep open all windows and doors.
D) Prevention: not all floods are preventable. However, here are some things to keep in mind that will save you from a flood disaster.
-Avoid flushing items that shouldn’t be flushed.
-Inspect your pipes for signs of leaks/deterioration -Use a licensed plumber for all work.
-Regularly maintain your sewer line
If flooding has ever occurred to you then you are fully aware of the panic this may cause and the expenses. Contact Empire Water Main & Sewer when any plumbing issue arises 24/7!!