What to do in Case of a Flood at Home
There are a number of things that can cause a flood in your home. From a faulty laundry machine to burst pipes and even foundation issues that allow rain or melting snow to leak into your basement, floods can pose plenty of issues and cause a lot of costly damage. Understanding where the water is coming from is very important to help determine the best way to clean and make repairs so you can get your home back into living condition. Plumbing in Queens can often come into play for many older homes as can backed up sewers. Both of these issues may require special clean up if sewage is involved.
Call an Emergency Service
As soon as the flood occurs be certain family and pets are not allowed in the area. If electric items and outlets are exposed you can receive a serious or even deadly shock. Instead call a 24/7 emergency plumbing service to come out and help figure out what is happening. They will help assess the situation, identify the water source and turn off any plumbing that might be causing the issue unless it is clear it is coming from outside. Many plumbing, sewage and drain companies provide the necessary flood service you require to assist with clean up. The sooner you have someone come in and assess the problem, the less damage will be allowed to set in. Damp is the biggest culprit for causing dangerous mould and mildew.
Assess the Damage
It is important to determine if sewage was involved and this is usually pretty easy to tell based on the unfortunate smell. Sewage requires disposal of furniture, carpets and sometimes even baseboards and other materials that have come into contact with the water as it is filled with bacteria and other hazardous materials. Other types of water that has leaked from your pipes or from a faulty laundry machine can usually allow for the cleaning and salvaging of most items. You will see damage to wood flooring and other wood products such as baseboard and panelling if the water is allowed to seep in.
Taking action immediately will help protect your family from danger as well as cut down on the amount of water damage.