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Water Damage Safety Tips

water damageIf you have dealt with a flooded home before, then you may understand the cleanup process and how scary it can be. If you have not experienced having water damage in your home, then you can prepare to know what to do when this does happen. Here are some tips and precautions to take when having a flooded home in Acworth. It is vital that you take the following safety precautions to help reduce any more damage to your home when a flood does occur.

Having any kind of disaster to your home or property can be devastating to you and your family. Did you know the number one homeowner insurance claim is from indoor water damage? The least checked appliance in homes is the washing machine and the washing machine hoses. A good rule of thumb with washing machine hoses is to check on them every time you use your washer. This way you’ll know when a problem has occurred before it has become too late. Thus helping to avoid water damage cleanup in your home. However, most of the time you won’t be around when the hose breaks right in front of you.

Rubber hoses can get worn down faster than the stainless steel hoses can. To help prevent your home from being flooded, you should use stainless steel encased hose. Although these hoses are not leak proof, they will usually last longer than the traditional rubber hoses. You should check each of your connections on your washer to make sure the hoses are tight. Even having just a small leak can start mold increasing the damage.

Although washing machines may be the number one cause of indoor flooding, that’s not the only spot that can flood. Water heaters are another common spot where indoor flooding does happen. If your water heater is not properly maintained, you could risk having your water heater rust. You should consider having your water heater checked on regularly to help prevent any water damage.

Here are some safety precautions to take if a flood or any other type of water damage does happen at your Acworth home.

Don’t go in until it’s safe.

Do not enter your home until it is safe to do so. Make sure your power is turned off to reduce any sort of electrical hazard. Water and electricity do not mix.

Take precaution with floors.

When you enter your home after flooding, your floors will become weak since they have been soaked in water. Thus increasing the risk of the floor giving out underneath you. Do not let your children into the home to help ensure their safety.

Protect your body.

Proper flood safety measures involve wearing protective gear during water damage cleanup. Some of this protective gear should be, gloves, face mask, long sleeves, and protective footwear.

Check your water.

Always check your water after a flood because the water may be contaminated. To avoid this from happening, call your local health department to gather more information.

Preventing mold growth.

Mold happens within the first 24-48 hours after the area has been wet. The faster you get the water out, the less of a risk you will have with mold damage. If the items have been wet for too long, you will most likely have to throw out those items.

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