What to Do If Your House is Flooding

What to Do If Your House is Flooding

When it comes to flooding in your home, you will never be fully prepared for this unforeseen disaster. There are some important steps to know to keep your family and possessions as safe as possible. Many ways that water can enter the home is from broken pipes, melting snow, clogged sewers, heavy storms and so on. At Wickstrom Plumbing, our number one goal is to provide honest and professional plumbing services to residential and commercial customers.

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Eight Easy Steps For Handling a Flood

If your home has flooded, there is no need to panic. Before you handle the situation, you need to determine if you should call an emergency plumber or not. If it’s just a minor flood, follow these easy steps; but if it’s a major flood, please call us. Our phones are open 24/7 for situations like these.

Step One:

Once that flood occurs, you will want to remove all the water as quick as possible. Many people have a sump pump ready on hand to remove the water, especially if you have a home with a basement. The removal of the water will minimize the damage.

Step Two:

Contact your insurance agent to file a claim. If your insurance will cover your damages, they will have an adjuster get in touch with you to discuss the damages.

Step Three:

If there is contaminated mud on the floors, shovel out as much as possible. A garden hose can be used to spray it off of hard surfaces.

Step Four:

You will want to disinfect and scrub clean hard surfaces with a heavy duty cleaner. Then you will want to take 1/4 cup of chlorine bleach per gallon of water to use to clean all of the germs from the flooding.

Step Five:

Throw away all damaged items that can not be saved such as mattresses and furniture. Anything that can be washed can be washed in hot water and dryed with hot heat.

Step Six:

Inspect your electrical system and heating and cooling systems. We can refer a plenty of great electricians.

Step Seven:

If the carpeting, vinyl or wood floors are damaged, those will have to be removed and replaced.

Step Eight:

If you have a private sewer system it can be very hazardous for homeowners. Your drinking water can become contaminated. There could be high amounts of viruses and bacteria present in the home.

If you aren’t comfortable handling your home flooding, let Wickstrom Plumbing help out. Our emergency plumbing services are available 24/7 to assist you with your plumbing and drainage needs-day or night!