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When Washing Machines Attack: Handling Unexpected Water Damage

According to NPS, the average washing machine will use about 41 gallons of water per load. Most of the time that will lead to beautifully clean clothes, but occasionally those 41 gallons can end up flooding your laundry room. In today’s blog, we’ll take a look at what happens when water-based appliances start leaking and how to handle unexpected water damage to your home.

Water Damage Tip #1: Find the Source and Turn the Water Off

First things first. Figure out where the water is coming from and stop it. If the water is coming from a washing machine or a sump pump in the basement, it’s easier to pinpoint the source and get it stopped. If the water is coming from an appliance on an upper part of your home, there’s a chance that it’s spreading to lower levels. Once you’ve found the source of the water, turn it off by any means necessary. This is important, especially if it’s close to the electrical components of your home.

Tip #2: Get the Water Up and Out

The second thing to do about water damage is to get rid of the standing water. How this happens depends on the amount of water, the size and the location of the room(s) involved. If you caught the flood quickly, it’s possible that you won’t need much more than a mop and bucket to get the water up. When water is contained to a ground-level room with access to a door, try to sweep or squeegee the water outside. If you have access to a wet/dry or shop vacuum, that can make the clean up even easier. The bottom line here: the water needs to be gone ASAP.

Water Damage Tip #3: Start Drying Things Immediately

The third thing to do involves getting the surfaces completely dry to prevent future damage. This is important because of how quickly mold can get a grip on the surfaces in your home. In as little as 24-48 hours, mold spores can begin to form throughout your home. Mold damage can be incredibly expensive to repair, especially if it’s left to spread.

Tip #4: Assess the Damage and Get Back to Normal

The fourth thing to do takes place once the water and the moisture are completely gone. It’s time to take a closer look at the damage that remains throughout your home. While it’s sometimes tempting to handle water damage repairs on your own, it’s often best to hire a professional remediation company to get the job done right the first time.

ABCO Restoration: Your Unexpected Water Damage Repair Specialists

When it’s time to repair unexpected water damage in your home, consider hiring ABCO Restoration. We’ve been doing water damage restoration work throughout the Elkhart area for over forty years. Don’t risk hiring anyone else–contact us before it’s too late!

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