It’s 5:30 p.m. on Friday, and you are just getting home from work. As you are putting your key in the lock, the only thing you can think about is sitting down and relaxing for the weekend.
Unfortunately, as you take the first step into your home all you hear and feel is a “squish” sound beneath your feet. The last thing you ever expected has happened: a water pipe has broken or your toilet has overflowed, filling your home with water.
Hopefully this will never happen to you. But if it does, here are a few tips to help you get your home back to normal:
- Stop the leak. This might involve turning off the water and calling a plumber.
- Identify the source of the water and if emergency repairs are required. Preserve the parts and take photos if necessary.
- Remove the excess water, either by soaking it up or pumping it out.
- Complete the drying-out process. Use fans and a dehumidifier to remove the balance of the moisture.
Even if you remove all the visible moisture, water may still be in your home. Materials such as carpet pad, drywall and subflooring can soak up water. If this material is not properly dried it can become permanently damaged.
Consider calling a qualified water restoration company for help. Most of these companies have well-trained professionals who can completely dry out your home and preserve your possessions.
Remember, if you have an experience like this, never hesitate to call our office. We are here to help you navigate through these unexpected events.