Flooded Home or Workplace: What to Do
Whether because of extreme weather, leaky pipes, or simply forgetting to turn the tap off, water damage happens. Overflow can be a minor inconvenience if confined to a small space and dealt with quickly. However, if the water has spread over a large area or has had time to sit, it can lead to significant problems. If it is the latter, get in touch with us immediately for our urgent flood restoration services in Auckland.
If you find yourself dealing with water damage in your home or workplace, there are a few immediate things you should do to manage the situation and mitigate long term damage.
Ensure Electricity Is Isolated
If there is any risk of electricity meeting water, turn your power off immediately. Find your fuse box – turn off the main breaker and all the fuse switches. Only do this if you don’t have to step through water to access your fuse box. If needed, call a registered electrician to assess possible damage.
Stop The Water Flow
To stop the water flow, you need to determine the source. This could be as simple as turning off a tap. Or if the source is from an extreme weather event you will want to try block or divert the water from coming into your property as best as possible. If you find leaking or burst pipes, shut off the main water line that supplies your property and call a plumber to fix the issue. If you are being proactive, read our article on protecting your home from water damage.
Keep Yourself Safe
Water that leaks into the home is potentially contaminated. If you’re walking through flooded areas, wear waterproof boots and clean them afterwards.
Wear gloves if you need to reach into the water. Practice safe hand washing after handling any items affected by flood water.
Call A Professional Flood Restoration Company
Call a certified, professional flood restoration company to quickly get to work and reduce damage to your property. If you leave water sitting, it quickly becomes contaminated leading to more damage and possible health risks.
With Ajet, upon arrival our expert technicians will assess the damage and water migration. They will begin the water restoration process including removing excess water, sanitising affected areas, taking photos, and setting up specialist drying equipment.
We carry out regular site inspections to check on the drying progress for you. After each inspection, we send you a service report that outlines how the flood recovery is progressing, as well as important technical notes such as humidity or moisture readings, thermal imaging, and updated site photos.
Call Your Insurance Company
Flood restoration is costly. We recommend that you contact your insurance company as soon as possible. When you have a claim number, let our office know as we may need to liaise directly with your insurance company. If you don’t have insurance, don’t panic. Call our office and our friendly team will talk you through the options.
Salvage What You Can
Move furniture and personal belongings to an area away from the flood water, where you can disinfect and dry items safely. If electronic appliances have been exposed to water, we recommend you check with each the manufacturer for more information about what to do. Consider disinfecting items that may have been in contact with the water.
Fortunately, we here at A-Jet have decades of experience helping Aucklanders restore water damage in homes and commercial premises. If you have standing water and require water restoration services, or you have a flood situation that needs to be resolved quickly, we’re here to help. We are available 24/7 for urgent flood issues so give us a call today on 0800 862 538 and we’ll ensure your home gets through this crisis.