What should I do if my home has water damage
Left untreated, water can do significant damage, particularly if it seeps into the sub-floor or other areas. Here are some things you can do if your home has water damage.
- If water continues to leak, identify the source and stop it if you can. Water that has been leaking for a long period of time undetected can lead to mold, which will lead to a mold removal service needing to be called.
- If the water is coming from a burst or leaking pipe, turn off the water at the source. Immediately call your insurance company and a plumber.
- If water is coming in through the roof or broken windows, cover to prevent additional damage. A tarp or plywood works well. Your insurance company may be able to call someone to do this for you.
Protect your home and belongings from additional damage:
- Move wet items to drier areas. Try to dry things as quickly as possible, if books are wet and valuable they can be frozen and handled by a professional later.
- Place aluminum foil, coasters, or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting. This keeps the lacquers on the furniture legs from staining the carpet.
- Save damaged items and any parts you may need to replace-the adjuster may want to see them.
- Do not use electrical equipment or appliances while standing on wet carpet or floors, and never use electrical equipment that has been damaged even if you are on dry flooring.
- Keep a list of temporary repairs you make. SAVE THE RECEIPTS.
- Save all claim-related receipts.