Oh no! Your washing machine is leaking water? Now what! Home flooding caused by leaking and broken appliances is one of the most common ways that homeowners will come across water damage in their homes. Sometimes the appliances flood because there is a mechanical problem with the appliance, other times it is caused by human error. I mean, we all overload the washing machine every now and then. When your washing machine is leaking, it can cause serious water damage to your home that can result in damaged floorboards, damaged drywall, and even mold growth. When water damage from a leaking washing machine happens, take a deep breath, and remember these steps from Florida Dry Water Damage Restoration for preventing serious damage to your home.
Turn off the Breakers and Power To Affected Areas
First things first, you should need to cut off the power to your home in the affected areas in order to prevent electrocution. Go to the breaker switches for your home and flip off the switches to the room where your washing machine is located, typically the laundry room or basement. Cutting off the electrical supply will allow you to prevent electrocuting yourself by accident. Safety first!
Cut the Water Supply To the Washing Machine
Once the electricity to the affected area is cut, you’ll want to find your water main and cut the flow of water to your house. This will ensure that the washing machine does not continue to leak water, though most washing machines will use between 20 and 40 gallons of water that may still leak from the broken appliance.
Clean Up the Flooded Water
Now that the water and power are cut and you can safely start to clean up the water, you will want to remove as much water as possible and quickly! Removing flooded water quickly is essential to prevent the floors and walls from absorbing water which will lead to wood rot and mold in your home. If you have a wet/dry vacuum in your home, this is to get the job done quickly. If not, an old fashioned mop and bucket will work too.
Call a Water Damage Restoration Professional
When you experience flooding in your home, it’s important to call a water damage restoration professional quickly. At Florida Dry, we offer 24-hour emergency water damage service so we are available to respond whenever flooding occurs. A quick response is essential because it allows our team to clean up the flooded water and remedy the situation before any serious secondary damages occur to your home.
Florida Dry Home Damage Restoration
Florida Dry Restoration Services is a leading provider of home damage restoration services that focus on helping you rebuild after an emergency. Whether you experience water damage from flooding, a leaking roof, or the next big storm— count on Florida Dry to be there. Our professional team of restoration experts has the necessary experience to get your home back into the order that it was before the water damage. Don’t hesitate to contact Florida Dry when your home experiences water damage.