Water can cause a catastrophic amount of damage. It can ruin walls, floors, furniture, electronics, and many other things in a home. Water damage can also start to affect the electrical wiring in your home. This can be very dangerous as it can cause electrocution or even fires if it is not taken care of correctly.
Another hazard caused by water damage could be caused by falling debris. If the top floor in the home floods, it could get into the ceiling of the floor below. This can start to cause the ceiling to collapse and fall down onto your head.
In order to make sure that your water damage restoration and cleanup efforts are safe, there are a few different precautions that you need to take.
Water Damage Cleanup Precautions
1. Turn Off Power. A live electrical wire that is wet and shorting out can be very hazardous. It could cause a fire that would damage the home even further or could cause electrocution and injure or kill someone. A falling appliance, such as a toaster falling into the water or an extension cord that is plugged in, can also be dangerous if the power is not turned off. To turn off the power to the home, you can do one of 2 things:
- Turn the power off at the power box located on the outside of your home. By flipping the lever to the off position, you can ensure that all the power to the entire home is off. This can be done to ensure that no electricity is going to be able to enter the home and cause more damage. Turning the power off is a good idea until you can assess the extent of the damage.
- Turn the power off at the electrical panel. By flipping the breakers to the specific parts of the home where the damage occurred, you can prevent dangerous accidents from occurring. This method will also let you continue to have power to other parts of the home that need it.
2. Awareness. It is extremely important to be aware of your surroundings. Look up and see if there is loose debris that could be a falling hazard. It would be a good idea to wear a hard hat and other protective gear while cleaning up these water damaged areas. This will prevent any falling debris from injuring you, especially during water damage restoration.
By taking the necessary steps to protect yourself, you can safely clean up the water damaged areas without sustaining any injuries or causing even more damage to the home.