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First Steps You Need To Take After Your Kitchen Has Flooded

Mar 12, 2008
Ever since the invention of kitchens it seems that they have been the heart of the home. We are always drawn by human instinct to the smell of food cooking or just by knowing where it is kept. Today our kitchens have begun to take on a style that makes gathering in this popular even easier. With open floor plans and all our modern gadgets, we do a lot of entertaining in them.

Kitchens are also one of the rooms in a residence that are the most prone to water damage. Besides the plumbing installed for the sinks in the kitchen, there can be a water line connected to the updated refrigerator models that have ice makers and water dispensers, the dishwasher, and some times a washing machine or hot water tank will be placed nearby. A big flood in a kitchen can put it out of commission for days or even weeks.

If an incoming water line in the kitchen comes loose or bursts, it might be terrible, especially if you are not in residence when it occurs. If you have been gone for several hours or even worse, for several days, the entire living space could possibly be damaged. If you find out the kitchen or any space of your residence has gotten saturated with any big amount of water, the first thing you should do is turn off the electricity. After that, shut the water off as quickly as you can. Sometimes getting it off with an inside valve could be possible. There is a long wrench that you can purchase to turn it off at the main source outside your home. This tool will allow you to turn the main water line to the whole living space off.

If you do not have the tool to get the water off, phone the emergency number for your water company. When the water is off, unplug any electrical appliances that are around the water even if they have not gotten wet. If the quantity of water is not really a big amount, you may use a wet/dry vacuum to clean up, but this could take a while and time is of the essence when water is saturating your home. The faster it is dried up, the less likely there will be for mold development.

If the water is a huge amount, contact a qualified water damage business. They will get the job done faster and the cost can be taken care of by your home insurance policy since the water problem was from bad plumbing in the house and not hazards from nature. Never use your electrical items that got wet until you have them looked at by a qualified person.
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Rachel Yoshida writes articles about water damage and mold remediation. If you have a New York wet flooded basement or other problems with mold and water damage restoration , call toll-free 1-877-790-4983 and we'll send someone to help you within 1
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