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Once a flood makes its ways into your home, the damage has been done. It will be impossible to avoid the costs of restoration and at least some of the destruction caused by the water damage. Thu, the best way to prevent such damage from occurring is to keep the water out of your home in the first place. Or, at the very least, begin removing it the minute it enters your home. From our water damage restoration professionals at A&J Restores in Madison, Wisconsin; here are three tips for stopping a flood in its tracks.
If a flood is coming from a broken pipe or some other source in your home, your water shutoff valve should be your first resource to put a stop to the flooding. This is so important because using your shutoff valve will allow you to put a stop to the flooding completely. Just make sure that you know where your shutoff valve is located and how to use it. The last thing you want to have happen is for a burst pipe to begin filling your home with water while you are unable to locate the one thing that will stop the flooding.
Sandbags are a great resource to turn to when you know a flood from a source outside your home is imminent. A classic example of this is if you live close to a river and the water level of the river rises dangerously high for a particular year. When using sandbags, you should strategically place them around all the entry points to your home. The sandbags will absorb large amounts of the floodwater and hopefully prevent it from finding its way into your home. The best sandbags are designed to change colors once they have become fully saturated with water. That way you know when they have served their purpose and you should put another sandbag in their place. This will also help with water damage restoration costs.
If the basement of your home ever floods, you will be very glad if you have a sump pump. Sump pumps are capable of pumping large amounts of water out of a basement in a relatively short time. This is extremely useful for preventing water damage because if you are able to turn it on immediately it will keep the water level from the flood lower and decrease the amount of time the floodwater actually spends in your basement.
Don’t let a flood cause any more damage and restoration costs than is absolutely necessary! As you follow the tips above, you will be able to do this. Once these immediate measures have been taken to minimize flooding, it’s important that you call for professional help right away. We at A&J Restores in Madison are dedicated to quick, quality, and compassionate water damage restoration services so don’t hesitate to give us a call if your home is ever flooded.