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Before the water and chaos even have time to settle, you must act quickly and professionally. Remember that this is still a chaotic situation, so you should always communicate with your partner or manager at every step of the way, as well as stay alert to the condition of your home and your family's needs. As soon as you realize that flooding is becoming a problem, turn off the main water valve for your building and call the insurance company. Make sure to get an inspector in as soon as possible to determine what repairs must be done before turning on the water again. You should get help drying your property immediately because mold can set in within 24 hours. Tidal Wave Response specializes in water damage restoration so we can preserve as much as possible and quickly.
If the water is still on, turn it off. Do not touch electrical equipment or appliances that may have been submerged in water. If the water level is above your head, leave the building immediately. Do not use elevators during a flood; they may fail to work properly or stop working altogether. If you cannot safely exit the building, move to an upper floor where you are less likely to encounter electrical hazards.
If there is no obvious water source (such as a flood or broken pipe), turn off all faucets and other water sources such as sprinkler systems or washing machines. Check basements first because they are most likely to flood due to poor drainage systems in older homes; if there is no sign of flooding in your basement after checking all outside faucets, check upstairs bathrooms and kitchens next.
If you have homeowner's insurance, call your insurance agent or company and report the damage as soon as possible. They will want photographs of the damage along with an estimate of how much it will cost to repair or replace items that were damaged by floodwaters. The sooner you report damage, the sooner they can begin working on your claim and assist with covering costs related to repairs or replacement items for your home or business.
In the aftermath of a flood or other water emergency, you may worry about mold growth and how long it will take before your home is livable again. Mold is one of the most common concerns in homes with water damage. It takes just 24 hours for mold to begin growing if there's moisture present, so it's extremely important to dry out wet areas as quickly as possible.
Once the flooding has subsided, remove wet items from your house as soon as possible. You can use fans if necessary to help speed up the drying process and ensure mold does not grow on your belongings. Keeping track of what items have been drying for at least 24 hours before placing them back into your home is important. For example, clothing should be dried completely before being worn again so that any remaining moisture does not cause health issues or trigger allergies in those who later wear it.
Contain any further damage by placing a tarp over wet carpeting and flooring to prevent mold from growing. Use a wet vacuum to remove excess water from floors or carpets; never use a regular vacuum that could spread bacteria and other contaminants throughout the house. Stop all sources of electricity before attempting any work on electrical components or wiring. Do not touch any electrical component if you have wet hands or feet; turn off power at the main circuit breaker panel first.
If possible, move furniture away from walls and floors to allow water to drain freely away from them. If an item is too heavy to move or could be damaged by water removal methods (such as using fans), cover it with plastic wrap before moving it so that it doesn't become damaged by wetness or dust mites in the air.
The next step is to begin the cleanup process. This may seem like an overwhelming task, but don't panic. Tidal Wave Response works quickly and efficiently. You'll need to get your property back in order as quickly as possible so that you can resume normal activities.
To sum up, Tidal Wave Response believes that in a serious water emergency, you can lose your home and all its contents within one to two days of the flood. We recommend calling us as soon as the water enters your property. One of our licensed contractors will get to you quickly and assess the damage. The quicker we get the call, the quicker we can begin any water damage restoration and water damage repair.