Damage to your home can be an extremely overwhelming situation for any homeowner. It can also be very difficult to know what to do to properly handle the situation. Water damages are one of the most common homeowner’s claims, so it’s a good idea to keep a few common tips in the back of your mind in case you find yourself with unwanted water in your home.
Safety First! Do not enter areas that pose a threat to your health due to electricity or contaminated water.
Do not use a household vacuum to suck up the water. These are not created to work with water and cause a risk of electrical shock as well as damage to the vacuum.
Avoid walking on wet surfaces as much as possible. Walking through wet areas runs the risk of spreading possibly contaminants through the rest of the property.
If water has made its way into the HVAC system, do not activate the system. This can also spread any possible contamination.
Do not stay in the home if there is structural damage or extensive black water damage.