We can’t imagine our lives without modern conveniences like indoor plumbing. But sometimes, no matter how well designed and built, things break in our homes. And when that happens, gushing water from a broken pipe or aging roof can cause major damage in a very short period of time.

Unfortunately, you don’t exactly have time to stop and google “what to do” during an emergency! That’s why it is so important to learn what to do beforehand, so that you’re prepared if any of these water damage emergencies does occur.

A leaking roof. It seems obvious, but placing a bucket is the first thing you want to do when your roof is leaking. Catch the dripping water and mop up the area if the water has spread. But don’t give in to the temptation to venture up onto the roof! Call a a professional right away. This person has the right equipment to safely investigate the cause of the leak. And of course, notify your homeowners insurance provider. Some types of roof damage will be covered by your policy, while others are not, but they usually do cover the cost of water damage repair.

A leaking toilet. Occasionally, toilets do begin to leak. You want to remedy this situation right away, before too much water begins to penetrate the floor. In most cases replacing the flapper will do the trick, and it’s an easy job that most homeowners can do themselves. Just instruct the rest of the family not to use that toilet until you get back from the hardware store.

But if you replace the flapper and your toilet is still leaking, it’s time to call a plumber.

A broken pipe. If a pipe bursts within your home, don’t let panic take over! Immediately shut off your main water supply, so that the flow of water stops. This can save you from major water damage within the home. Then call a plumber for help. Attempting to repair a broken pipe yourself could just lead to more leaking and damage.

If and when any of these emergencies do occur, remember we can help you with the water damage and repair. Call us right away so that we can get started on drying up the moisture in your home, to prevent mildew, mold, rotting wood, and more expensive repairs.