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Flood Restoration Indianapolis

by / Friday, 13 November 2015 / Published in Flood Damage Restoration, Water Damage Restoration Indianapolis
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What to do before you need help with flood restoration Indianapolis? Here is a helpful guide on flood restoration Indianapolis.

You can never completely flood-proof your home. You can however take steps to ensure you are at a minimal risk from water damages due to failed sump pumps, sewer water damages from backed up drains, damage from burst and frozen pipes, dishwasher overflows, and other various potential sources of water damage.

Water damage and floods from failed pipes –
Pipes that freeze and burst causing water damage are the most common pipe failure we see. Simple steps such as removing your hoses from outdoor spigots (even freeze-proof bibs), turning outdoor spigots off from their inside valve, and making sure any water appliances in a garage are kept at above freezing temperatures are just a few of the ways to avoid water damage from frozen pipes.

Floods due to failed sump pumps –
The most common cause of flooding and water damage in basements is a failed sump pump. The pump itself can fail, and so can the float on the pump that tells it to turn on. We recommend an annual inspection of the sump pit. Remove any debris, and make sure the pump itself hasn’t shifted where the float may be in contact with the pit walls, pipe, or a backup pump. If the float cannot come up and down freely, it can be held in it’s off position – and the water will rise, and rise and the pump will not activate to remove the water resulting in a flooded basement. or flooded crawlspace.

Don’t ignore slow drains –
A slow drain in your home indicates you have a problem somewhere in the plumbing. Don’t assume it is just affecting that one drain. The blockage could be in a “y” where the next time you run your washer, or your dishwasher, it could impede drain flow, back-up, and cause a category 3 water damage in your home. All water damages from drains are considered a sewerage water damage and all porous materials are non-salvageable and must be replaced. Even if the water seems clear – everything that goes down your drains (make a mental list of everything) cross contaminates this type of water damage.

Avoid raw sewerage water damages –
So that you won’t find yourself knee-deep in black water sewerage, install an interior or exterior backflow valve now, before you find out that one was needed. Flap or check valves are typically fine unless you have had issues before. If you have had sewerage back up flooding, we recommend a gate valve. It must be operated by hand, but they are much stronger than the other options.

Water damage from appliances –
The best way to avoid a water damage from a washing machine, or a flood from a dishwasher, or a failed icemaker flooding your kitchen and causing water damage to the basement ceiling below – is to periodically inspect for signs of failure. Checking lines under a dishwasher can be done with a screwdriver and flashlight in under 10 minutes. Make sure your drain on the washing machine is securely attached to its drain opening, and don’t ignore the signs an appliance might give that it is time for service. Have the item serviced sooner than later – and likely you’ll save yourself from the secondary damage a water damage will cause.

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