Top Do’s and Don’ts for a Home Water Emergency

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Dealing with a home water emergency can lead to disaster if you don’t know what you are doing. Luckily, professionals like HS Waterproof are here to help. In the meantime, there are several tasks you can do to mitigate damage from a water emergency such as flooding. This article will provide you with some simple dos and don’ts when working with water issues.

DO Shut Off the Water Main

If a pipe bursts and water is flooding everywhere, you need to control the flow. The water main controls all the water coming into your home. By shutting off the main water supply, you limit flooding and can buy time to diagnose the problem. The water main is located near the water meter, typically in a shallow pit.

DON’T Use Electrical Devices with a Home Water Emergency

A home water emergency is bad news for electrical wiring and appliances. You can electrocute yourself and cause other serious injuries. If you approach standing water, do not attempt to walk through it because an electrical wire or outlet could be touching the surface. You can try to find the circuit breaker to cut power to the impacted areas of your home. The best bet though is to play it safe, avoid the area, and call emergency services immediately.

DON’T Wait to Prepare

Preventing a home water emergency is possible if you take the time to prepare your home. If you live in an area with heavy rains, make sure your roof is up to code and your gutters are clear.  Ensure your yard drains properly and that your sump pump absorbs water. Flooding is a common home water emergency because homeowners are unprepared. Another way to be prepared is to keep an emergency kit in a common location within your home. The kit should have a flashlight, first-aid supplies, and other cleaning equipment that can help you while you wait for professionals.

DO Call a Professional in a Home Water Emergency

The safest way to deal with water disasters is to call in professionals and emergency services. Sometimes, the fire department is needed. You also need to call in a professional water damage company to help diagnose the problem and take charge with cleanup. HS Waterproof has experienced technicians that can tackle even the dirtiest of jobs.

Dealing with a home water emergency is stressful but calling in the professionals can ease your mind. HS Waterproof is equipped to handle anything from flooding to pipes bursting in your home. HS Waterproof is also happy to provide waterproofing services to help you prevent water emergencies and damages.  If you need assistance, visit our website or give us a call today