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How to Handle The Water Damage After Your Kitchen Floods

Mar 1, 2008
The kitchen can be one of the most frequented areas in our homes. The kitchen might be the most hectic hub of family activity at all times of the day, breakfast, brunch, supper, and late night snack. For specific events, kitchens can be of the utmost importance when it comes to entertaining our guest. Many houses now have open layouts and the kitchens may be so viewable. There are large quantities of money being used on natural stone floors, counter tops, and top of the line appliances.

Kitchens are sometimes one of the rooms in the residence that might be the most susceptible to water damage. Along with the plumbing installed for the sinks in the kitchen, there is probably a water line connected to the fancy refrigerator models that have ice makers and water dispensers, the dishwasher, and some times a washing machine or hot water tank will be closeted nearby. A major flood in a kitchen might put it out of commission for days or even weeks.

If inbound water lines or pipes in the kitchen comes loose or bursts, it can be awful, especially if you are away from home when it occurs. If you have been out for several hours or even worse, for many days, the whole home could possibly be damaged. If you see that the kitchen or some area of your house has gotten flooded with any major quantity of water the thing you should do first is turn off the electricity using the main breaker. After that, get the water turned off as fast as you can. Sometimes shutting it off with an inside valve might be possible. There is a long wrench tool that you can purchase to get it off at the main source outside your home. This wrench allows you to get the main water pipe to the whole dwelling off.

If it is not possible to shut the water off, get in touch with your water company's emergency phone line. When the water is off, unplug any electrical items that are near the water. The trash compactor, stove, dishwasher, refrigerator, and any thing else electrical even though it has not gotten wet, must be unplugged. If the amount of water is not really a great amount, you can use a wet/dry vacuum to get it up, but this could take some time and time is important when water has flooded your dwelling place. The quicker it is dried up, the less likely there may be for mold hazards.

If the water is a large amount, get in touch with a professional clean up crew. They can get the job done better and the expense can be covered by your home owner's insurance policy since the flood derived from damaged plumbing lines in the house and not from Mother Nature. Hopefully it does. Do not use your electrical items that got wet until you have them approved for use by an experienced person.
About the Author
Jim Corkern is a writer and promoter of
Seattle Water Damage Restoration and
Detroit water Damage Restoration Which are Certified IICRC Water damage and mold remediation contractors.
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