We work hard to get our homes perfect, and when something goes wrong, it hits hard. The sad fact is, there’s a lot that can go wrong. Some things, like fire and theft, you can take steps to prevent. Other things, you’re powerless to control. Sadly, floods fall into this category. None of us want to hear the telltale sound of water dripping in our houses. Though it may not be a reality you want to face, protect yourself by having an emergency plan in place. That way, you can ensure a flood doesn’t leave you out of action.
The first thing to do if you find a flood is to diagnose the problem. Without taking this step, you won’t be able to move forward. Though your first instinct may be to panic, it’s important you don’t give in. The faster you act, the less damage the flood will do. It may be that a burst pipe is your problem. If a pipe bursts in the floor, you may not notice until the flood builds. Then, WHOOSH, it unleashes into your home. Look at where the water is coming from to decide. If a burst pipe is the problem, find your nearest emergency plumbers. Do this as soon as possible, or else the flood will get worse. Or, it may be that a problem outside has caused the flood. Extreme rainfall can cause rivers to split their banks. If you can’t find a cause in your home, take a look outside. Contact your neighbour and ask if they’ve had any problems. You better hope nature isn’t to blame, though, because that’s a difficult issue to fix!
LESSEN THE DAMAGE
Once you’ve taken any possible action, it’s time to do all you can to reduce the damage. This won’t be an easy task. Depending on the severity of the flood, get your wellies on and get stuck in. At this stage, there’s not much you can do to protect your home. Instead, focus on saving your belongings. Rescue as much as you can. Even things that are already damaged may be salvageable. Think, too, about things above ground. At this stage, you won’t know how bad the flood is going to get. It’s worth emptying the space of everything possible. Once the room is empty, take steps to confine the problem. Close the door to stop the water entering the rest of your home.
GET THE BUCKETS
After that, the best thing you can do is get the buckets. This is especially important if a burst pipe is to blame. While you wait for a repair, the water will continue to drip. Prevent any further damage to your home by making sure that water goes in the buckets! It may be that you need a few more than one, so it’s worth having a stock in the attic. You never know when you might need them. If you don’t have buckets on hand, large bowls should do the job, too!