One rainy day, Kenyan nation Mheshimiwa Jaguar learned the hard way how expensive water damage can be. Torrential rain swept through the musician’s beautiful his home, ruining costly electronic equipment. Jaguar’s flooded house reminds us all that whether your home is impacted by torrential rain or a damaged plumbing system, the consequences can be devastating.
How do you treat a flooded house? Today, we’ll be discussing steps you can take when your house begins to flood, then breaking down the post-flooding process. While external issues (such as siding repair) are important, our talk will focus on internal plumbing issues. After reading through this short guide, you should know how to minimize damage to your home in the event of a flood.
What to Do if Your House Starts Flooding
Unless there is immediate risk to family members or pets, your first step in the event of a plumbing flood should be to shut off the water. Now there are certain instances where the flooding is a result of sewer backflow. In these cases, only a preventative sewer backflow valve can prevent flooding. We’ll talk more about that sort of emergency later. If you can do so safely, shut off the electricity.
After shutting off your water supply, make a call out to your local plumber. Water damage gets worse over time, so call as quickly as possible. Even if you have to pay extra for after hours emergency plumbing repair, the additional fee is far less costly than advanced water damage and mold growth. Delaying repairs for a prolonged time could lead to thousands of dollars in restoration costs.
Next, call your insurance provider and inform them about the incident. They may want to send an adjuster to survey the damage. Make sure to take pictures of the damage before you start cleaning up. We’ll discuss this problem in a bit.
Review of Flooding Response Steps
- Evacuate People and Pets
- Turn Off the Water ASAP
- Shut Off the Electricity (if safe) or Call Electrician
- Call the Plumber
- Call Home Insurance
- Take Pictures
- Start Cleaning (if insurance allows)
Preventing Mold Problems
How long does it take for mold to form after a flood? This is a common question our professionals hear on flooding visits. The widely accepted range for start growing is 1-2 days. That doesn’t mean it’s visible quite yet. According to restoration experts, “…spores begin to colonize in 3 to 12 days and become visible in about 18-21 days.” That means mold has started reproducing long before homeowners ever become aware of it.
Mold spores can cause unpleasant physical consequences in people, especially those with mold allergies. General symptoms of mold exposure include (but are not limited to): lung irritation, sneezing, coughing, and a scratchy throat. Those with an allergy can have more serious symptoms. Depending on the severity of the flooding incident, you’ll likely need to contact a home restoration company to dry out your home.
Common Problems That Lead to Flooding
There are countless plumbing issues that can result in flooding. All it takes is a particularly rainy day, a clogged drain, or a heavily corroded pipe. Below are just some of the problems we’ve encountered.
- “The water heater flooded my house!”
- The house flooded by burst pipe.
- Tree roots clogged the sewer line and flooded the bathroom
- A kid flushed a toy and backflow flooded the bathroom.
- The sink pipe ruptured and started flooding the kitchen.
- A pipe ruptured behind the wall.
It’s the hard to reach areas that often go unnoticed, until the flooding bursts through the walls. Remember, the best response is to shut off the water as quickly as possible. After that, you can work on cleaning up the mess.
Get the Water From Your House, Out of the House
Repairing your flooded home gets harder the longer you have to wait. If the flooding is extensive, you can pump it out using equipment from your local Home Depot or Lowes. Restoration services can also perform the water removal for you to speed the process. You’ll need to start drying the house soon after. Once you’ve made sure there isn’t any mold growth, you can open windows and use fans to start ventilating the house. FEMA has a handy short guide on venting the humidity and mold prevention. They do however, recommend consulting a professional if the growth is too extensive. You can purchase a dehumidifier to aid your drying process. The affected areas will then need to be disinfected to prevent future mold growth.
Schedule Your Emergency Service Today!
If your home has been affected by plumbing-related flooding, our Kinsey Plumbing Services team would love to provide some relief. Call our team at (512) 930-2677 and ask about our emergency plumbing repair in Jarrell and Georgetown, TX! We’ve helped many a flooded house over the years, and our professionals can help make the process much less stressful.