It’s already shaping up to be a rainy early spring in Kewaunee, WI this year. And really that’s just wonderful… if you’re a plant. It’s not nearly so wonderful if your home has a tendency to flood or if your roof has a tendency to leak. ServiceMaster Recovery by Restoration Holdings knows that spring flooding can take homeowners by surprise. This is because damage to your home or foundation may have not been apparent over the winter and it can be all too easy to forget about a little drip if it’s been frozen for five months. When water makes its way in, it’s important to know how to safely make your way out, or if it’s appropriate, to fight back tooth and nail (and bucket).
The most important step of flood safety is recognizing the incredible importance of playing it safe. Whether you should stay and fight or run will depend on a lot of factors, but a good rule of thumb is that if water is actively coming in faster that you can stop it, it’s time to go. Water extraction experts will be able to deal with the aftermath properly and safely, so don’t be afraid to follow your gut and evacuate.
However, say that you’ve just found a wet spot on your carpet. It doesn’t seem to be spreading that quickly so you aren’t too alarmed and you’re weighing your options. First of all, if the water is discolored or smells foul, call a water extraction team immediately. Contaminants can easily cause infection if allowed to come into contact with an open cut or wound. The safest option is to step away and leave it to the experts. If the water is clear and doesn’t smell off, here’s where you can take some flood safety steps to prevent further damage:
- Unplug any electronics in the area (as long as they aren’t close to the water).
- Move expensive items and heirlooms to higher ground or out of the building entirely.
- Adjust small furniture or decorations so that they’ll be safe and out of the way.
- If you can tell where the water is coming from, try and stop it at the source to prevent spreading.
During all of these steps, make sure you’re wearing shoes and avoiding the flood spot. Minimize contact with the leak, and once the essentials are moved, wash your hands thoroughly. Then, contact a water extraction team for a flooding consultation.
Taking these few flood safety steps can prevent more extensive problems such as electrical fires and ruined furniture, but only take them if it’s absolutely risk–free to do so. Professionals with the right equipment and training can perform any steps that you feel uncomfortable with.
If you’re in the Kewaunee, WI area and are seeking flood safety information or water extraction services, contact ServiceMaster Recovery by Restoration Holdings at 920.336.7411 or via their website here.