As a homeowner in Aurora, one of the worst things is to be caught unaware and unprepared for a problem. Not only is it inconvenient, but it can also be damaging and costly. One of the most common problems – and one of the ones that requires the most urgency and immediate action in cleaning up – is a flooded basement or other area of your home. Flooding can be caused by several things including burst pipes, heavy rain and standing water, overflowing tubs or sinks, malfunctioning appliances, or plumbing backup. Water flow is present in every single home. It’s universal. It follows logically then, that flooding from time-to-time is also universal. We at Team K know that getting to it fast and knowing what to do to remedy the problem when it happens is crucial to your being able to minimize the damage it causes. Here are a few steps you ought to take when you find yourself in the middle of a flood:
Take safety precautions. Don’t forget to turn off the electricity and water supply to affected areas before you dive in. In addition, be careful not to touch water if it may have come from a contaminated source (it can be clear water and still be contaminated if it came from standing ground water, or from pipes from appliances such as laundry machines or dishwashers.
Call for help. You may be tempted to do all restorations yourself, but think twice before doing so. While the role of the homeowner is crucial in the restoration process (particularly in the first moments before help can arrive), expert clean-up is important. Professionals can help you make sure the job is done right and that you don’t miss anything. Homeowners often try to clean it up themselves to save money, but end up missing important steps and sustaining long-term water damage, musty smells, or mold growth within the very structure of their homes. Professional help is an investment that will likely save you money and give you peace of mind, which is priceless. For flooding emergencies in Aurora, Team K Services is your first resource for water extraction and water damage restoration.
Protect what is important to you. Ensure that people, especially children, and pets are not exposed to the water as it can pose dangers of drowning. Contaminated water can also cause sickness. In addition, if you have valuables or family keepsakes in affected areas, remove them and stow them away is safe, dry places.
Remove clutter from affected areas. Random objects can lose their color and stain whatever they are on or can sink in to wet, mushy surfaces, causing imprints which are better to avoid. Rugs and stuff on the floor are particularly common culprits.
Start to remove water while you wait for help. Be smart about this; try to catch water at the source and, in using appliances such as heaters or wet-vacuums, take care that water and electricity don’t mix.
Of course, flooding is never convenient. But it’s a part of the homeowner experience at one point or another for nearly everyone. “Taking it in stride” and using proper procedures when it does happen will help you to turn this admittedly negative experience into as much of a positive one as possible. CallTeam K Services for help with your flooding emergency today!