The weather has finally gotten warm enough to set up the swimming pool. There's no better way to cool down on a hot summer day than by taking a dip in the pool. Unfortunately, when there's a pool, there's also an increased risk for residential flooding. It might not seem like that should be the case, but it is. You see, above-ground pools can rupture, and in-ground pools can flood for a variety of reasons. One of them being a broken underground water pipe. The other one being that someone has accidentally forgotten to turn the fill valve off. Either case will result in a flooded home. If your home suffers a flood due to your swimming pool this summer, you'll need to act fast to get the problem under control. Here are the first three steps you'll need to take.
Turn Off the Power to Your Home
If your home is flooding due to an issue with your swimming pool, you'll need to turn the power off to your house as soon as possible. The last thing you want is for the water to come in contact with the electrical wiring to the pool. That's the quickest way for that water to become electrified. Locate the main power box to your home – it should be on an exterior wall – and turn the power off. Once the power is off, you'll be able to move on to the next steps. As a precautionary measure, it's a good idea to locate the power box before an emergency arises. That way, you know right where to go when an emergency does occur.
Control the Flow of Water
After you've ensured that the power to your home has been turned off, you'll need to control the flow of water. If you have an in-ground pool, you'll need to locate the main water shut-off located outside the house. You'll want to turn that valve to the off position and watch to see that the meter stops running. This will ensure that the flow of water has stopped. If you have an above-ground pool, you'll need to form a barricade around your back door to stop the flow of water into your home. Unfortunately, with above-ground pools, the flow of water won't stop until the pool has completely emptied, especially if the flow has been caused by a rupture.
Contact a Contractor Right Away
Once you've turned the power off and stopped the flow of water into your home, you'll need to contact a water damage restoration contractor right away. The quicker they're able to begin removing the water, the less damage you'll sustain. Not only that, but speedy cleanup helps reduce the growth of mold. While you're waiting for the contractors to arrive, you can begin removing wet furniture from your home. Getting the furniture out will help clear a space for your contractors to start removing the water.