Be Ready When San Diego Water Damage Occurs
San Diego water damage from flooding or plumbing troubles can be a very damaging force in your home. Be prepared for a possible emergency situation scenario so that you can act quickly should water damage actually occur. Here are the basics you need to know.
Know These in Advance
- Make sure that your homeowner’s insurance policy covers San Diego water damage. Have the insurance company’s 24-hour emergency number ready on your cell phone and land line and on a business card in your wallet in case you do not have easy access to your telephones.
- Maintain an up-to-date list of significant possessions and their approximate value, recording new items as you acquire them.
- Keep a charged emergency light and a camera easily accessible. Having safety gear (rubber gloves, boots and a face mask) at hand is also advised.
- Show all adult household members where the primary switches for electricity and water are.
- Teach children to tell a grownup right away if they discover water in any unusual locations in the home.
- Set up a secure spot– a neighbor or relative’s home– to take your children to in a critical situation.
- Keep copies of important documents such as your house deed on your computer and in a waterproof box. Valuable possessions like jewelry or coin collections should be stored in your safe deposit box when not in use.
First Things to do When Water Damage Occurs
Make sure everyone is safe and accounted for.
Contact your insurance company and check out the best course of action.
Wear rubber boots or other non-conductive footgear and avoid standing in water. Turn off your primary power switch safely; if this is impossible, call a professional electrician.
Identify the source of the water– for example, a roof leak due to heavy rainfall. In a dry area like Southern California, the cause is more likely to be a blocked pipe or an overflowing appliance. Turn off the main source of water and contact a Sn Diego plumber if necessary.
Take photographs or video and make notes on the damage you see.
Open all the windows if it is not raining.
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