The word flood usually evokes images of streets and cities immersed in water, or large-scale natural disasters. For the majority of people, though, the type of flood they are most likely to experience is one that occurs in their own home.  While these types of floods may not cause widespread catastrophic damage, the damage that they do cause can be very devastating for the families that experience them.

Indoor flooding can be caused by a wide variety of things. Faulty plumbing is the most common cause, followed by roof leaks.  Pipes can burst quickly, old toilets can malfunction and over flow, and the result is almost always large amounts of water coming into contact with furniture, carpet, and personal belongings.

When a flood occurs in your San Diego home, the first thing to do is to try to locate the source. If you can turn off toilets, or temporarily turn off water in the home, do this as quickly as possible.  Placing a large trash can or a container under the source of a roof leak can also help to prevent further damage.

Next, use towels to absorb as much of the water as possible and fans to dry the area. If you can move some of your belongings to another room or location, do so before they become damaged further.  Avoid direct contact with the water if possible, use gloves, wear rubber boots, and wash your hands thoroughly afterwards. This is especially important when it comes to water overflow and flooding from toilets and septic tanks.

Finally, give us a call to assist with cleanup and water removal. Simply using a vacuum and fans isn’t enough, and even if the water is removed from the surface, water that seeps into flooring and carpeting can lead to mold, mildew, and structural problems later on.

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