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Actions to Avoid If You Have Water Damage

2/6/2020 (Permalink)

Technician extracting water from a tile floor in a house flooded due to a burst pipe. If your Windsor, CO home has a water loss, don't think you have to do everything yourself.

If a broken pipe in your Windsor, CO home has caused water damage to the house, it can be easy to feel flustered and panicked. You might not be thinking clearly in this situation and could make some mistakes when initially reacting. In order to prevent further problems and keep yourself safe, the following are some actions you should avoid.

Attempting to Do Everything Yourself

Water in homes should be removed quickly to prevent further damage. Moisture can cause mold growth and damage to building materials, so it is important that cleanup is done thoroughly by restoration professionals.  After the water is cleaned up it is important to get drying equipment setup to bring your home to preloss condition.

Throwing Away Affected Items

While it is a good idea to start cleaning up before a home before your adjuster arrives to inspect the damage, you should not throw away any damaged belongings. These items will serve as evidence of your loss and will help the adjuster determine how much you should receive on your claim.

Using Electricity

If a damaged pipe has resulted in flooding, then you should be very careful. This can be a dangerous situation, and you should avoid interacting with any of your electronics. Do not try to unplug anything or turn off lights and devices as this can cause a spark. Instead, use the breaker to turn off power to the entire building.

Waiting to Report Damage

The first thing that crosses your mind when you have a broken pipe might not necessarily be to contact your insurance company, but you should do this as soon as you can. The claims process can be lengthy, and you will need the money to help pay for repairs.

If your home has been damaged as the result of a broken pipe, SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor can perform mitigation quickly without sacrificing quality work. Our team is here to make your disaster “Like it never even happened.”

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