Water damage tips to reduce damage to your home
Kitchen ceiling with sagging from water damage
A water damage can be devastatingly stressful to a homeowner. You can feel helpless and overwhelmed. Although calling a professional is the first step we always recommend, there are some things you can do to help reduce the damage while you wait for professionals to arrive.
- Shut off the water source if possible
- Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the home or building
- Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping or blotting with towels
- Remove lamps and other tabletop items and wipe wood furniture with a towel
- Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying
- Place foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet flooring
- Remove any paintings, electronics or anything else that is sensitive to moisture and put in a dry area of the house
Taking the above steps can really help decrease the amount of damage to your home after a water leak. There are also a few practices that you should avoid after a water damage, because they can cause more damage or harm to yourself or your family.
- Enter rooms with standing water where electric shock hazard may exist, such as when electric outlets, switches or circuit breakers are exposed to water
- Leave books, newspapers or other colored items on wet carpet or furniture
- Leave wet oriental rugs or other colored rugs on carpeting
- Use household vacuum cleaner to remove water because risk of electric shock
- Use TV’s or other electrical appliances while standing on wet floor
- Turn on ceiling fan in rooms where the ceiling is wet
- Enter a room where ceiling is wet and sagging
- Spread contaminated water by walking unnecessarily throughout the house
- Use personal fans if the water in the home is contaminated
The most important “do” is to call a professional, trained water mitigation specialist such as SERVPRO of Murrieta at (951)894-4392.
Protect your home from flood damage this winter
Fema Flood Insurance Flyer
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts that rainfall could be extremely heavy this year due to El Nino. This could lead to devastating floods. The 1997 El Nino storms caused an estimate $550 million dollars in flooding damage statewide.
SERVPRO of Murrieta is encouraging Murrieta homeowners to stay safe and try to reduce damage to their property as much as possible. Here are some tips that can help
· Review your current homeowners insurance policy and become familiar with what is and is not covered, as damage due to flooding is typically not covered.
· Call your insurance agent to purchase flood insurance for your home (and business) and its contents.
· Make a flood plan and plan evacuation routes.
· Itemize and take pictures of possessions.
· Keep valuable items and family heirlooms on the upper floors of your home or building.
· Clear debris from gutters and downspouts.
· Move furniture, valuables, and important documents to a safe place.
· Create a safety kit with drinking water, canned food, first aid, blankets, a radio, and a flashlight.
· Post emergency telephone numbers by the phone and teach your children how to dial 911.
· Plan and practice a flood evacuation route with your family.
· Have a plan to protect your pets.
If you do experience water damage in your home, please call an expert as soon as possible to dry the area to prevent secondary damage, such as mold.
SERVPRO of Murrieta has emergency crews that are ready to respond 24/7. Call (951) 894-4392.
Homeowners may want to consider flood insurance this winter
Neighborhood flooded after heavy rain
As water damage restoration professionals, one of the most difficult parts of our SERVPRO technician’s job is encountering a customer who has damage that is not covered by their insurance. Unfortunately, some insurance companies do not do a good job of explaining what type of losses homeowner’s insurance covers.
One of the most frequent coverage issues we run into is outside flooding. Most homeowners insurance policies do not cover flood water that comes from outside, into a home. For this type of loss, you will need to purchase a separate flood policy.
With El Nino quickly approaching, it’s time for homeowners in Murrieta, Hemet and Sun City to decide if they could be in an area where flooding could occur. Flood policies take 30 days to go into affect, so don’t put it off any longer.
For information on flood insurance you can visit www.FloodSmart.gov, and if you do have flooding in your home, please call the helpful professionals at SERVPRO of Murrieta at (951)894-4392 or visit www.SERVPROMurrieta.com.