Flooding can occur in any season, but is more common during spring thaw or following a heavy rainfall. A few simple actions, however, can prevent damage and potential problems.
- Seek advice from an electrician before turning the power back on.
- Seek advice from a professional before turning on your furnace.
- Contact the municipality to find out if the water supply is safe to drink. If in doubt, boil water for five minutes. If your drinking water comes from a well, have it analyzed before using it.
- Discard any food or medicine that has come into contact with water.
- Use boiling water to sterilize kitchen materials and utensils.
- Watch for mould (musty odour, a smell of dirt or alcohol, green or black stains on the floor or walls); it can be a health hazard. If you experience mould-related health problems, consult a physician immediately.
- Use photographs or videotapes to document and inventory water damage to your property. Notify your municipality and insurer of damage. Keep all receipts and proofs of purchase for goods that have been damaged for your claims.
Some types of water damage can be prevented or limited if a back flow valve has been installed.
A back flow valve is a device that presents sewage water from an overloaded connection to the main sewer from backing up into a basement. The valve closes automatically when sewage water backs up.
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