What to do When Your Home Floods

There’s never a good time for a water loss to happen in your home, nor can we ever be fully prepared. It’s messy. It’s stressful.  There’s a good chance that “now what?” is going to be one of the first phrases spoken after the discovery of your water damage.  In the event that this disaster does unfortunately happen in your home, the least you can do to prepare yourself is to know what steps to take.  

First things first; find the source of the loss and stop the flow of water.  If necessary, shut off the home’s main water supply. Don’t hesitate to call a plumber or your local water supply company for expert help.  

Once things have calmed down, give your insurance company a call to report the damage. From there, it’s important to call a professional to begin the water mitigation process as quickly as possible to minimize damage. The experts at ServiceMaster Restore are on-call 24/7/365. 

While waiting for the professionals to arrive, there are a few things you can do: 

If there was a significant amount of water spilled, look for signs of structural damage. Stay out of any areas that look like they may collapse.  

Next, shut down the power in the affected area. If you need help doing so, you can call your electric company. If you smell gas, you might have a gas leak. Get out.  

If you stopped the water, called your insurance company, checked the area for structural damage and gas leaks, and turned the power off, you can start to remove your personal belongings. Make sure to wear protective gloves, goggles, and shoes.  

From here, your adjuster and water mitigation specialist will be able to guide you through the rest of the process and get you back to normal before you know it.  

In need of a disaster restoration specialist? Call ServiceMaster of Tacoma at 800-339-5720.