A broken pipe is stressful enough as it is, but having water damage, especially one that makes your bill as high as fountain water is even worse. There are many possible causes as to why water damage occurs. It can be because of bad weather, cracked foundation, too much pressure on the pipeline, a blockage and so many more. Still, instead of pointing fingers and wondering why it happened, it’s best to resolve the issue first.
First thing one must do is to ensure that the water supply is turned off. It will not only save you from water loss bill but also prevent the damage from worsening. If it’s as simple as a leaky faucet, then all you have to do is turn it off, but when it’s a more complicated system and the breakage is somewhere hidden inside the walls of the house, it is safer to turn the whole system off.
Once it stops, do not forget to place a call to the fire and water restoration department to help you handle the situation, especially if you have no idea of what to do. Better safe than sorry is what people usually say. Even the cleaning up isn’t an advisable option to do on your own. For a man, you might be thinking it’s an easy task and you can do it, but here are a few reasons why you shouldn’t.
1) Depending on the source of your water supply, water restoration would require decontamination process. It would involve using chemicals that if used excessively or improperly may lead to poisoning later on. EPA approved chemicals must be used and not just any cleaning agents you have lying around the house.
2) Water clean-up would require fire power in terms of equipment that is not readily available at home. If you go to a professional fire and water restoration treatment company, you’d find that they have dehumidifiers, blowers and other commercial and heavy duty pieces of equipment.
3) You are not an expert. Water restoration would require someone who has the appropriate knowledge and skills to do the job. One would simply be confused as to how many dehumidifiers should be used, which can bring about even more trouble. You might not even know how fast the water should be pumped out if not done correctly. Worse, it might even lead to flooding.
4) Instead of figuring out yourself what caused the problem, the service provider will just pinpoint it to you and even provide tips on how to avoid same cases from occurring in the future.
Lastly, it would be quite a struggle to fill up the insurance forms as compared to having the service provider assist you and save you from all the headaches brought about by repairs.