Water Damage – Be PreparedPublished on: February 22, 2018
With all this rain and melting snow we must be prepared for the worst.
Almost every homeowner out there is concerned with water damage happening in their home. With all this rain and melting snow all you can do is be prepared for it and have a plan.
Keeping your sump pump working with a battery backup is one of the first things you want to make sure of. There are some other things you can do to prevent water damage in your basement or home: Install a leak detector and high-water alarm, Insulate your pipes, Maintain your backwater valve and be cautious of what you dump and flush down your toilet or drains. Anything other that water or waste can cause clogging and sewage backups.
If you start to see signs of water or a sump pump malfunction, respond right away. Don’t assume your insurance policy will cover the loss. There are 4 things you should do right away:
- Do not ever step into standing water in your basement – you could be electrocuted or shocked. Turn the power off or call and electrician to be safe.
- Stop the flow of water – depends on what the source is
Water Source What to do Broker or malfunctioning pipes Turn off water’s shut-off valve. If you do not know where it is – find it before the damage gets worse Sewage backup Stop flushing toilets and running faucets Groundwater Unfortunately, there is not much you can do about groundwater. You can’t turn off mother nature.Call your broker/agent or insurance company to report the claim. They will advise you what to do next.
- Call your broker/agent or insurance company to report the claim. They will advise you what to do next
- Take photos or video for insurance purposesSource: Houselogic