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What to do when your home floods

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

Broken pipe Winter Storm Uri caused a broken pipe in this home's ceiling.

No matter the source of the flood here are are the first steps you should take to prevent further damage.

Identify the water source. If your home is flooded from the inside, like a pipe bursting, make sure you turn off your main water to lessen the damage as quickly as possible. If your home is flooded from the outside, hurricane, sewage, heavy rain, be mindful of your family's health and safety.  Outside flood water could be contaminated with bacteria or sewage that could cause illness if ingested. Your water could also be an electrical hazard if the flooding is high. Make sure to call an electrician to assess damage. 

Call your insurance and document damage. Once you are safe and have identified the water source, call your homeowner/flood insurance company. Explain to them what's happening and file a claim. Then call a professional water mitigation company. As you are waiting for the mitigation company to arrive, if you can safely document damage, you should start. Take pictures of the standing water and any and all furniture, flooring, wall coverings, etc. that are impacted. Professional mitigation companies can work with your insurance to make sure your home is properly dried and keep mold from growing. If you try to dry your home yourself, you run the risk of being denied coverage for your insurance claim or not drying the walls enough and mold could grow.

The faster you start removing water from your home, the less damage is done. If you're dealing with a flood in your home or business, give us a call (813)543-0053. SERVPRO of Oldsmar/Westchase is always here to help!

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