Unfortunately, your plumbing system doesn’t care how busy you are, or whether or not
it’s convenient for you when it breaks. Even a tiny crack in a pipe, say an 1/8 of an inch, can release 250 gallons
of water per day. To put that in perspective, the average bathtub holds 50 – 60 gallons of water. Water can enter your
home from storm damage, freezing pipes, toilet and bathtub overflow, washing machine overflow and sewer backup. Depending
on conditions, mold and mildew can start forming in as little as 72 hours. The effects of water damage to your home can be
as traumatizing as a fire, it can displace your family and ruin all of your belongings.
Here are a number
of do’s and don’ts following water damage.
•Shut off the source water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to
•Turn on your AC system for maximum drying in summer months. (Only if it’s a “clean”
a public adjuster
to examine the damage, look over your policy and assist you in filing the claim.
•Contact a water remediation
company to help dry out the place and mitigate further water damage. The public adjuster
will usually contact one on your behalf.DON’T:
rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.
•Enter affected areas if electrical outlets,
switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
your household vacuum to remove water, this can possibly cause electrical shock or damage the vacuum cleaner.
on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
out until you or your public adjuster
photographs the item and until the insurance company has had a chance to view it. The importance of this cannot be overstated!!!
There are also a few tips for dealing with contaminated water (such as sewage):
•Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage
•Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items.
•Turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of contaminated air.
household fans to dry the structure and spread contaminates.
•Use products for personal hygiene and cleanliness
if exposed to contaminated areas.