With warm Spring-like weather upon us, it’s important to keep in mind how the Spring thaw may affect our homes! For some, they may only notice mud in their front lawns, however, others may notice damage to their lower levels as water begins to seep into their home or foundational damage happens. Whether you think this will or will not happen to you in the upcoming weeks, it’s crucial that you’re aware of the first steps you should take in case you notice water damage.
Step 1: Safely Assess The Damage
If you notice water damage, you need to take a moment and assess the damage. Are you only noticing some slight changes in colour or texture on certain surfaces? Maybe you can see some foundational cracks on the interior or exterior of your home? Maybe you’re starting to notice an odor or smell of mold in your basement. Or maybe, you have water pooling in your home? Regardless of how you notice the damage, it’s important that you make safety your priority! If your home has water entering it, it is crucial that you safely turn off the electricity and take note of where the water is coming from. When you’re surveying the damage, do so safely and never step into standing water in case it is carrying an electrical current that could electrocute you! Remember, when in doubt, call an electrician and ask a professional for help!
Step 2: Stop The Water Source If Possible
There are many causes of water damage. Some could be related to Mother Nature, while others could be related to your home plumbing. Before you take any actions in regards to stopping the source of the water, you need to see where it is coming from. This will help you take proper precaution when dealing with the clean up in case contaminated water requires you to dispose of anything it has come in contact with it.
When it comes to stopping the water from continuing to enter your home, you will likely need to turn off the water to your property. However, if the damage is from Mother Nature, often, there is nothing that you can do unless you can pinpoint where the water is entering from and blocking it.
Step 3: Contact Your Insurance Provider And Call A Professional
Once you have assessed the damage and stopped the water from continuing to cause additional problems to your home, it’s time to call your insurance! Calling your insurance company and speaking to someone about filing a claim as soon as the damage happens can help you not only move the claims process along, but it can help you know what your next steps are! Sometimes, after speaking with an insurance company, homeowners choose to continue to repair the damage without going through their insurance. Other times, homeowners are often told to document the damage and call one of the company’s trusted professional contractors to begin restoration.
Step 4: Removing The Water And Cleaning Up
Regardless of if you have a contractor coming to help you repair the damage, or if you’ve decided this is a job for yourself, you’ll likely want to start to remove any water and dry the space to prevent further damage. For minor damage claims, this includes using towels to soak up water, opening windows and doors to have the air circulate, or even using high-powered fans and dehumidifiers to increase the air circulation while removing water vapour. For more extensive water damage that requires large amounts of water to be physically removed, a submersible pump or a wet/dry shop vac will be needed to remove the water. If you’re ever unsure about what you should do, it’s always recommended that you call a professional for some advice!
Even if you haven’t suffered any water damage this Spring, it’s always better to be protected by purchasing the right insurance coverage. Depending on where you live and the value of your home, you may want to increase your coverage to protect yourself even more. If you’re curious to learn how much coverage you have and what you’re protected against, call us today!