If you have a leaky roof, everything from a few raindrops to a torrential downpour can wreak havoc on your home’s interior. In the same way, when a pipe bursts, it can destroy your flooring and furniture. In either case, you will need to act fast to keep damage to a minimum. The folks at JB Plumbing in San Dimas want to help you minimize the damage. We have prepared some tips to follow if water leaks into your home…whatever the source of the problem. We are plumbers who specialize in leak detection and general contractors who excel in flood restoration.
Following a flood, your first priorities should be to:
- Determine whether it is safe to return to the house.
- Return to the house only when necessary, doing the bare minimum you need to do to that are safe for you to perform.
- Eliminate electrical hazards. Nothing is more dangerous than live wires around water.
- Dry surfaces to reduce the possibility of “slip and fall” accidents.
- Wet materials can be heavy. Tread carefully and don’t pick up more than you can safely carry.
- If you have Water-Related Damage, call JB Plumbing. Instead of being connected to a phone center in a third world country, you will speak to an actual plumber who can help determine the best course of action.
What you can do following a flood:
- Wipe excess water from furniture (especially if it is wood), after removing anything that utilizes electricity, such as lamps and small appliances.
- Mop and/or blot to remove excess water.
- Remove upholstery and cushions and set them aside to air dry.
- Place a suitable barrier (such as plastic or aluminum foil) between furniture legs and wet carpeting, so stain from furniture won’t damage rugs.
- Turn on air conditioning in summer. You may want to invest in heavy duty fans or call a plumber who keeps this type of equipment and can quickly dry wet items, before mold and mildew have a chance to grow.
- Take items off wet carpeting so it can thoroughly dry.
- Move art objects to a safe, dry place.
- Gather loose items from floors to make sure everything is dry.
- Leave wet fabrics in place. They will fester and grow bacteria.
- Forget about books, magazines or other items that could transfer wet ink to carpet and other floors.
- Use a household vacuum to remove water. In fact, don’t use a household variety Shop Vac, which could leave unseen moisture behind, to damage your household goods and flooring.
- Turn on TV, radios, video games, or household appliances. A professional should evaluate the situation to make sure electronics are free from moisture.
- Think you can handle the mess yourself. Instead, call in a trusted professional, who will be able to eliminate moisture and make sure you and everyone you love is safe.
With us, you can expect upfront pricing; fast, free estimates; licensed, bonded and insured plumbers who are neat, polite, and well trained. We use state-of-the-art tools and equipment and are proud of the fact our services are free from hidden costs like travel charges. If you call JB Plumbing today, 24/7, you will speak directly to a plumber instead of a telephone answering service. At JB Plumbing, we are experts in residential and commercial plumbing as well as construction. Call today to schedule an appointment. (909) 593-2194.