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Dealing with a Flooded Kitchen

Feb 29, 2008
A kitchen is one of the most used areas in our residences. The kitchen can be the main place for family interaction at all times of a day, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late night snacks. For specific occasions, kitchens can be very much used when it comes to entertaining our guest. Many dwellings now have open designs and the kitchens are so viewable. There are large sums of money being spent on fancy floors, counter tops, and the most modern appliances.

Kitchens are also one of the rooms in your living space that are the most subject to water damage. Other than the plumbing installed for the sinks in the kitchen, there is usually a water line going to the newer refrigerator models that have ice makers and water dispensers, the dishwasher, and many times a washing machine or hot water heater will be installed in or near the kitchen. A big flood in a kitchen might put it out of working condition for days or even weeks.

If an incoming water pipe or line in your kitchen bursts or comes loose, it can be disastrous, especially if you are out when it takes place. If you have been gone for a couple of hours or even worse for several days, the whole house may be flooded a little or a lot. If you find that the kitchen or some other part of your house is saturated with any major amount of water, the first thing to do is turn off the electricity by using the main breaker. Secondly, shut the water off as fast as you can. It might be that turning it off with an inside valve is possible. There is a long wrench tool that you can obtain to get it off at the main line outside your home. This piece of equipment will let you get the main water line to the whole living space off.

If it is not possible to shut the water off, contact your water company's emergency telephone line. When the water is off, disconnect any appliances that are near the water. The trash compactor, stove, dishwasher, refrigerator, any thing electrical, even though it has not gotten wet, should all be unplugged. If the amount of water is not really a large quantity, you may use a wet/dry vacuum to clean up the water, but this may take some time and time is essential when water is soaking your house. The quicker it is gotten up, the less potential there can be for permanent damage and mold growth.

If the water is a large amount, phone a licensed water damage business. They can get the job done more efficiently and the fee will likely be taken care of by your home owner's insurance policy when the damage resulted from bad plumbing in the residence and not from weather related issues. At least it should. Never use your electrical items that were exposed to water until you have them approved for use by a qualified individual.
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Dror Klar is a writer and promoter of quality Charlotte
water damage restoration
and Chicago water damage restoration companies.
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