While we all need access to water in our homes with ease, sometimes, improperly funneled and handled, it can mean an absolute nightmare for the confines of our home. We’ve just moved into our first house and we have suspected damp in the kitchen- which has resulted in a rather large hole in the corner! Making sure our home stays dry and our plumbing system is operating as it should be is not on the highest priority list of many new homeowners getting to grips with running a household, but it absolutely should be. Recent natural disasters have proven that water damage can be devastating for a home and for the family within it. We’re relatively lucky here in England that we don’t ever encounter such devastation of course, and if we do it’s rare, but it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be aware of the damage water can do in your home.
If your home does become damaged due to water flowing in all of the wrong places, it can be important to following these steps to dealing with the issue.
If your drains are blocked, you’re simply not going to have the best way funneling the water damage through it’s intended escape points, and this can simply lead to the water stagnating in your property and being soaked into the flooring. That’s a great way to rot your foundations, but it’s not a great way to feel comfortable in the stability of your home. Blocked drains are most easily rectified by a professional plumbing service to help you confirm for good that your home has the best water safety contingency set up already.
Turn Off Water Valve
Identifying your water valve immediately is something you need to do to make sure that no water is flowing through burst pipes in the event of a flood. When you have noticed a flood occurring, make your way swiftly to this valve and turn it off at your earliest convenience. This will completely shut off the supply of water to your home, and in this instance prevent any further damage from occurring. You should also identify your fuse box and switch off your power to the entire household, as electrical appliances or live connections can result in lethal electrical currents from flowing throughout your home.
After you’re sure that your power and water valves are shut off, use this time to acquire all of your most important belongings and raise them above the flooding level if applicable. Place it in a box higher than the water level or place them upstairs in order to keep them safe.
If there is a large amount of standing water damage, it’s important to ensure that you can get rid of the standing water with ease. Using a firm’s servicing or a store-bought pump, slowly begin the procedure of carrying water out of your home to the drain which you blocked earlier. Open all doors to give the water somewhere to escape, and try not to let it stagnate and damage your flooring even more.
Unfortunately, items are often irreparably damaged when subject to water damage. Throw out the items you feel have been rendered useless. Hiring the services of a foundational construction firm to assess whether or not your foundations are now compromised can be of intrinsic importance here, depending on the level of flooding which has taken place. If it was a simple burst pipe, then maybe replacing the carpet and laminate flooring could be enough, provided it had a level of varnish and insulation which is common practice among installing firms today. You might be less affected than someone with solely thick carpet in the room, and for that you should be thankful.
It’s never fun to experience home flooding, but with the right tips you can mitigate or prevent the damage. Identify how you could implement the steps shown here, and you’ll be well on your way to avoiding the worst of it.