A pipe bursts in your basement. Your roof springs a leak. Your sump pump stops working and your basement floods during a storm. Your main sewer line clogs and sewage backs up into your home. Now what? Each of these scenarios represents a very real possibility. Do you know how to deal with the resulting water damage?
How to Deal with Water Damage
Remember, when dealing with water damage, time is of the essence for two reasons. First of all, the longer you wait to act, the more chance the water has to damage your home. Secondly, the longer you wait to act, the greater the chance of mold growth, which is a completely different issue all together. So do yourself a favor and get to work as soon as you notice the warning signs of water damage.
- If possible, turn off or correct the cause of the water intrusion to stop further damage. This may require you calling a plumber or roofer, depending on the situation. For other situations, this may require you turning off the water supply to your home. This is why it is very important to know the location of the main shut-off valve. This could be the difference between a little water damage and major home damage.
- Call a reliable water damage restoration professional, like ServiceMaster of Baltimore. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. And with more than 57 years of experience, ServiceMaster of Baltimore knows how to deal with water damage. We will arrive on scene within hours of your initial call, we will remove any standing water and begin the drying process.
- While you are waiting for us to arrive, there are certain tasks you can perform to help minimize damage. For starters, remove any important materials, including furniture, paintings, etc., to help minimize water damage.
Warning: Refrain from using electrical devices, such as fans or water pumps, in wet or damp areas. It is also important to avoid standing water if you are unsure of its origins. Water damage is classified into three categories: clean water, grey water, and black water. Each is progressively worse than the last. Clean water does not contain contaminants. Grey water contains a significant degree of chemical, biological or physical contaminants. And black water, the most hazardous of the three categories, refers to water that has come into contact with fecal matter.