When water damage occurs in your home, you need to know what to do so you can act fast and save your home from further damage.

#1 Turn Off The Water

If the water is coming from a specific source in your home, such as from a malfunction in your plumbing, you are going to want to turn off the water. Turn off the water shut-off valve at the source. If you are not able to turn off that specific water shut-off valve, it is best to turn off the water for your entire home. That way you can prevent more water damage from happening to your home.

#2 Move What You Can To Dry Ground

Next, you need to start paying attention to your valuables in the area where the water damage has occurred. You are going to want to first move any items that can easily be damaged by water, such as documents, photos, and electronics to higher grounds. Then move on to the other items in the room that have significant sentimental and financial value. Moving items quickly is the best way to save them.

#3 Don't Use Electricity & Turn It Off

You should not use the electricity while cleaning up the water damage. Turn off the switch for the electricity to the rooms that are affected by the water damage. If the water damage is extensive, you are going to want to turn off the power for your entire home. That way you will not get electrocuted while cleaning up the water damage.

#4 Document The Damage You See

Then, you need to document the damage that you see. You are going to want to get out your camera and take pictures of all of the damage. Make sure to document the water levels before they recede, the state of all the belongings, and what it looks like after the water recedes.

#5 Call In A Restoration Company

Next, you need to call a restoration company. They will be able to help you get the water out of your home and will be able to help you save any belongings that have been damaged by the water.

#6 Make An Insurance Claim

Finally, you are going to want to make a claim with your homeowner's or renter's insurance policy. Your insurance company can actually help you out right away with cleaning up assistance for the water damage. Depending on your insurance coverage, they may also help provide you with alternative housing as well. They can also help you finance the repairs to your home. 

For more information, talk to a company like Puroclean Certified Restoration Specialist.