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What to Do When a Water Loss Occurs

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

broken pipe with money signs Water damage may occur by a burst pipe, water tank flooding, water main flooding due to storm damage, or wear and tear of the equipment.

What to Do When a Water Loss Occurs

Water outages. Water interruption. Water loss. There are a lot of contributing factors as to why we experience these unfortunate situations. It can happen due to street work in the area. It may also be because of a burst pipe, water tank flooding, water main flooding due to storm damage, or wear and tear of the equipment or of a structure over time. Surprisingly, natural calamities such as droughts and floods can also be a factor in water loss. Depending on the gravity of the situation, water loss for several hours or even days is unbearable and may pose a safety hazard.

We can’t live without water. That’s for sure. Therefore, it’s necessary to be prepared and armed with enough knowledge. Know what to do and how to handle this very trying situation. Below are some important steps to take when you are faced with water loss.

1.    Protect Yourself, Possession, and Properties.

a. Water damage can harm your safety and health. It can also seriously damage possessions at home. Be sure not to drink water from any type of flooding because it can be contaminated and have lasting negative effects. 

b. It is also important to shut off any electricity by switching off circuit breakers and unplugging devices. Only turn off electricity at home if it is safe to do so.

c. When re-entering the home ensure you are wearing protective gear such as rubber boots. If safe to do so, grab the most valuable items such as electronics, jewelry, and documents.

2.    Repair faults and stop the water damage.

You must find the source of leaks or where water is coming from. Once found, it’s imperative to shut off the water’s main source. More often than not, the common cause of water damage is a broken pipe or a hot water tank leak. You should be familiar with your home’s layout and know where the main valves are. When an emergency like this happens, you can immediately and hastily attend to the situation. As for natural causes, like flooding, search for ways to be prepared especially if you live in a flood-prone area.

Through all the possibilities of a water loss, the prime damage can be mold or mildew. Keep aware and look for signs of moisture along baseboards, look for discolored buildings, and seek to be aware of foul odors.

With storm season in Citrus Heights, Roseville and Carmichael expect harsh rains and destructive winds. It’s important to stay on top of these situations and have your property checked before the rainy season comes. Have an expert check for any damages and leaks and allow a professional to fix them. Here at SERVPRO of Citrus Heights, Roseville, and Carmichael, our trained and competent technicians will be happy to serve you 24//7. Entrust your safety with us. 

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