Got Water Damage? Then You Need To Act Fast!
Just imagine coming home from work, opening the front door and stepping onto your carpet and it feels just like a sponge. Worse still, how about opening your front door to be confronted by 20-30cms of water cascading towards you. The reality is that even a relatively small water leek has the ability to cause this much damage in as short a time as 30 minutes. If you do find yourself in this situation then you need to act fast.
Isolate the electricity
The very first thing you should do before you go wading in is to think safety. The risks of electrical shocks are far higher when there's water about so as a precaution switch off the electricity at the mains.
Look at the colour of the water
Not all water damage involves clean water. A backed up sewer or toilet for example can release black water that not only smells, but is also incredibly toxic and harmful particularly if you come into contact with it. If this is the case then call in a professional restoration company. They carry special equipment to deal with such situations. If on the other hand the water looks reasonably clean, then its generally safe to enter.
Turn off the water at the mains
Sometimes it can be difficult when faced with situations like this to find the source of the leak so to save valuable time, switch the water off at the mains. At least this way you've halted the flow of water, even if you haven't located the problem.
Start the clean up process
The key thing to remember is the longer walls and floors, furniture and belongings are under water, the more chance of permanent damage. So it's important that the clean up operation gets underway immediately. If the flood is particularly bad then it may pay to call in a professional disaster restoration company. They'll have specialised water removal equipment that can disperse large quantities of water quickly. In the meantime think about removing all fixtures and fittings that might have come into contact with the water and place them outside to dry off.
Ventilate and dry out
A forgotten after-effect of water damage is mould. It's a living organism that if left to grow can cause serious respiratory heath problems, not to mention making a real mess of your walls and floors. For this reason getting as much air into the property, especially within the first 24 hours is key.
Call in a plumber
Finally, when your property is free from water then you'll need to fix the source of the problem and that may mean calling in an experienced plumber. They're trained to locate and fix problems quickly and efficiently such a burst pipes, or a leaking toilet.Remember when it comes to water damage speed is of the essence. By acting quickly then there's a good chance that you'll save your belongings, your property and indeed, a lot of money in the long term.If you need a trusted and experienced plumber then speak to Brisbane Plumbing and Drainage. We operate a 24 hour emergency service, so whatever time of the day or night call us on 0421 185 947 and we'll be there!