Washers are some of the toughest appliances in our houses, but this doesn't mean that they will last forever. All it takes to have an unpleasant situation on your hands is for a hose or seal to fail. This can easily happen as the machine ages and certain components deteriorate.
Fixing a washer after a flood isn't very difficult; however, it's important for remedial measures to be taken as quickly as possible since water damage and mold can be much hard to deal with. What should you do immediately after a washer flood?
Turn Off the Water
Before anything else, you should turn off the water to ensure that you don't end up with more water on the floor. If your washer inlet has a valve, you can use this to turn off the water. Alternatively, you can turn the water off at the mains.
Disconnect from Electricity
Working in a wet environment with electricity present is quite dangerous. Turn off the electrical power on the main circuit board to prevent electrocution.
Remove as Much Water as Possible
You'll need to remove as much of the water as possible to limit the water damage. For starters, you should get a mop or towels to soak up as much of this water as possible. To pull water out of porous materials such as drywall, you can get a wet/dry vacuum.
Dry the Area
Once you've removed as much water as possible, the next challenge will be to dry out the area. For this, you'll need to ensure the area is properly ventilated. You can use dehumidifiers and fans for this purpose. Air movers, such as those used by professional washer repair experts are well suited for this job; however, you can try your home fans as well.
Empty the Washer and Remove Damaged Materials
Take the clothes out of your washer and remove the rest of the water from your washer. Inspect the area that was exposed to water and get rid of any item that was damaged beyond repair.
Carry Out Necessary Repairs
Depending on how serious the flooding was, you may have to do some repairs to return the area to its initial condition. You may have to repaint some walls, put in new carpeting and drywall, etc. You may also have to repair the washer or even replace it, depending on the factors that resulted in the flooding.
Reach out to an appliance repair company to learn more.