Steps to take if you encounter water damage

Steps to take if you encounter water damage

Submitted by David Heffner of Heffner Plumbing

Do you know what to do if you have a leak and water damage to your home? If you don’t have contact numbers and the following information at hand, take the time now to make sure it’s in a place that’s readily available.

When the water damage is from a plumbing leak, call a licensed plumber first so the problem can get fixed, whether it is a leaking water heater, failed sump pump or a leaking pipe.

Call your insurance agent to report the problem. If the water damage turns into mold or warped wooden floors or cabinetry and it is reported at a later date, an insurance company can deny the claim.

Know who your insurance agent is and have the office number readily available.

Call a professional water damage company and not the handyman down the street who is working out of the back of a pick-up.

This can be an especially stressful situation for a widow whose husband would have taken care of such situations. Don't wait until disaster strikes. If you have parents that are older, talk to them and make sure that they know what to do and who to call. Widows can be especially vulnerable in a situation like this.

David Heffner is a licensed plumbing contractor in the state of Indiana and is bonded and insured. Heffner Plumbing is a highly rated company with Angie’s List and has received the Super Service Award every year since 2004. Heffner received the 2009 Contractor of the Year Award by the Greater Indianapolis Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors (GIPHCC).

As of Dec. 23, 2011, this service provider was highly rated on Angie’s List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie’s List.

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