Preventing extensive water damage at home
Having your home flood is probably the last thing you want to have happen. However it's important to know how to deal with your home flooding if it does happen.
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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Preventing Extensive Water Damage at HomeWhen you own a home in Minneapolis, you should understand the importance of reacting well tounwanted water in your home. No one wants to have to deal with this problem, but if you wakeup to standing water in your home, it is important that you know how you are going to react.Time is of the essence when there is standing water in your home. You should understand thatyour reaction could save you a lot of money but your reaction can also cost you a lot of money ifyou do not react in a way that preserves the integrity of your home.Shutting the Water off to Prevent More DamageIf you can get your insurance company on the phone while you are shutting off your water, doso. Sometimes you may be able to find an appliance or a leak that is causing the water but if youcannot find the source of the water simply shut off your water main.The water main is often outside or in the basement of homes. Knowing where your water main isand how you can turn it off is a great way to prepare for the chance of water damage and ensurethat you do not have to get rid of more water than you already have in your home. When you are on the phone with your insurance company you will probably be given very specific instructions for dealing with the water. You have to understand that if you do not follow these instructions you may be voiding a claim that you could have made. If you do not understand the instructions, wait to do anything with your home. If you know that you are not going to void your claim start moving everything that has not been touched by the water to a safe area on your property.After you have moved everything that has not been touched by the water, you can then startmoving those things that have been touched by the water. Move them to an area of your homethat you know is not going to be further affected by the water.Saving your Furniture and FloorsMaking sure that furniture is in a place where it can dry out completely may save your furniture.Wipe the furniture down the best you can and make sure that you get as much of the moisture offof the furniture as you can to ensure that it is able to recover properly.Once you have everything removed that you can, it is time to startworking on the floors. Water damage in Minneapolis can beextremely frustrating to deal with and as you are working with yourfloors, you should be prepared to get rid of a lot of carpet.
If you have carpeting throughout your home, it is important that you are cutting up carpet that istoo wet to save. Put the carpet outside of your home to ensure that mold is not going to startgrowing under your carpet and then start to spread throughout your home.