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My Apartment Flooded. Now What?

Water damage restoration in Nashville starts with emergency services, cutting the power, and quickly getting to the root of the problem. However, when your home is flooded, and that home is a rental apartment, there is only so much you can do yourself. 

Common causes of apartment flooding


The reasons an apartment might flood are varied, but are similar to those of a single-family home, with a few significant differences. A plumbing backup or heavy rainstorm are two of the most common reasons for water intrusion. However, according to the water damage restoration experts at Rytech Nashville, there is an additional factor that comes into play: people. If your upstairs neighbor, for example, allows the bathtub to overflow, this can cause flooding to everyone below.


What to do during a flood event


Your first step is to make sure that you and your family are safe. Get out of the apartment and contact someone, such as the maintenance manager, property owner, or management company, who can access the main breaker box to cut the power. When it is safe to enter, take photographs of the damage. Make sure to include photos of both your personal property and anywhere within the apartment that is either soaked in water or has standing water. 


Call your insurance company to find out if your policy covers your personal losses. Chances are, it will not if the flood was caused by an act of God, such as a storm. Your landlord’s insurance will likely not cover your belongings either but should cover water damage restoration. Nashville and Tennessee, in general, are prone to pop-up storms, so keep this in mind as you start to clean up. It may be necessary to temporarily store furniture and other valuables if the rainy season continues to threaten your home.

 After it’s dry

 Mold remediation is an important part of the water damage restoration process. Nashville’s heat and humidity make it easy for toxic mold growth to flourish. Ask your property manager to see certification that this issue was addressed before returning to the apartment. Water damage restoration and mold remediation will take time -- you may not be able to stay in the home until both steps are complete. When you do return, keep a close eye on your sinks, toilets, and other plumbing outlets if a sewage backup caused the flooding. If these issues have not been fixed, you may continue to experience water intrusion.

 One final thought: If you live in an apartment or rental home, it’s imperative to keep records of any damage, including unexplained wet spots on the floors, walls, and ceilings, leaking pipes, or roof problems. You may wind up having to foot the bill for these repairs but, with the right paper trail, you might be able to deduct whatever you spent from your next rent check.


RYTECH NASHVILLE, Mold Remediation, Hermitage, TN