If your home ever floods, you will probably be cycling through a massive list of to-do’s. When this happens, it’s easy to forget what your priorities should be. One of the most overlooked things in the process is your health and safety. No home or possession is more important than your wellbeing. Here are five tips for staying safe after a water damage disaster from our restoration professionals at Pine Ridge Restoration in Wickliffe.
If you find your home in the process of being flooded, it is important that you stop the flow of water as soon as possible. The sooner you are able to do this, the better off you will be since doing so limits the overall amount of floodwater in your home. It is easiest to do this if the flood is coming from an internal source like a broken pipe. All you need to do is shut off your water supply to end the flooding. If the flood is coming from an external source like rainwater, however, this is more difficult. Still, you should take care to do all you can to minimize the amount of water that ends up in your home.
It is wise to know what type of water damage you’re dealing with so you can take the correct course of action. It is also good to know whether it is an emergency and if it is how much of an emergency. Identifying the problem is all about control. You need to decide how much of it is controllable. Control is important to your safety. Just like driving a car, the more you have control over it, the more you and your passengers are safe. If the emergency is more than you can control, call or seek help immediately. Once the problem has been identified you can proceed to the next course of action.
This should be obvious, but it is still worth noting. You should never use the appliances in your home during the water damage restoration process. There may be additional damage to water supply lines you aren’t aware of so using your appliances could lead to additional damage.
Using protective gear is a must during the restoration process. Hazards like contaminated water pose a serious threat to your health and the risk from these hazards can be mitigated by wearing protective equipment. At a minimum, you should wear gloves and respiratory protection upon entering your home after water damage if there is any concern that the water is contaminated.
The worst mistake you can make during the water damage restoration process is prioritizing your home above your health. To ensure you remain safe during the restoration process, give us a call at Pine Ridge Restoration in Wickliffe after water damage and we’ll do all we can to repair your home and keep you safe in doing so.