Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink
Water damage is consistently one of the leading types of insurance claims for homeowners, and can also be one of the most costly. Standing water in your home can come from the effects of a bad storm, a burst pipe, or a broken sump pump. At SERVPRO of Dover/ Middletown, we want you to be mindful of what to do and what not to do if you encounter stagnant water. Take a look at some of these tips to stay safe if you experience standing water.
DO: Turn off electricity! Water and electricity are a dangerous combination for you and your family. If you can, shut off all electrical sources to prevent electrifying the water. If possible, stop the water at the source. This can be difficult during a bad storm where your house is taking on water, but in situations like a burst pipe or a broken pump, turning off the water altogether can stop it from accumulating and causing further water damage to your home. If your home is taking on water damage from an outside source and you can locate the entry point, do what you can to safely stop or slow the amount of water coming into your home.
Don't: Wait to address standing water. Standing water can also pose substantial health risks to you and your family. It can be a breeding ground for thousands of types of bacteria that can cause pneumonia or other infections. In addition, leaving standing water in your home will ultimately result in the growth of mold, which can begin to form in as little as 48 hours.
Do: Consult a Professional
Removing stagnant water home and water damage restoration can be a complex process that requires the consultation and assistance of professionals. You need to ensure that the problem is being fully addressed to remove the potential of long-term damage such as mold or mildew. SERVPRO understands the gravity of your situation, and the urgency to address the water damage in your home. Should you need our water damage restoration services, you can reach out to our team of experts to learn exactly how we can help you and your home.