How to Deal with Water Damage
May 31, 2016 at midnight
Flooding can vary in severity, from burst pipes affecting a small area to wide-spread flooding that can affect the entire property. Even small amounts of water can result in mold growth and stained carpets, and more severe water damage can lead to structural damage and costly repairs. Luckily for homeowners, there are steps that can be taken to mitigate the effects of water damage to a property.
Deal with the problem immediately
The worst thing that you can do is wait to deal with water damage. Mold can start growing in carpets and furniture in under a day, and can become a large health problem if left untreated. If possible, shut off the water supply immediately and assess the damage. If you can’t find the source of the leak, consult a professional as soon as possible. Also, in the case of severe flooding, turn off the power and don’t interact with any appliances unless you are properly insulated. After the water has stopped flowing, call a professional water damage restoration crew as soon as possible.
Protect valuables and appliances
Remove all valuables, such as jewelry, money and heirlooms from the flooded area, but don’t spend too much time removing larger items while the water is still doing damage to the property. If possible, put appliances up on furniture to prevent their exposure to water.
Keep a record of the damage
After the water flow has been stopped, conduct a thorough assessment of the property to determine if it’s worth considering salvaging and if so, make sure to take some photographs for insurance claims. The better your record keeping at this stage, the more likely it is that the insurance will pay out for damages.
Remember about structural damage
When dealing with water damage, most people tend to worry most about damage to their appliances and to the flooring. Water damage can also affect structural components of the property, especially in the case of drywalls. Water can quickly seep into nooks and crannies found in drywall and if left can result in mold growth or worse, structural rot which renders the entire wall unstable. To prevent such issues from arising, the entire affected structure has to be dried quickly and effectively, preferably by a professional company that has experience dealing with structural water damage.
Contact a professional company
A professional home water removal company can be a great asset in limiting the amount of water damage to a residential property. Professional water damage contractors have specialized equipment to remove standing water from the property and can also take care of drying, sanitation, and sterilization of affected items. A
professional will also be able to identify if an item or property is unsalvageable and needs to be replaced. Carpets are usually badly affected by water damage, and a professional company can either recommend home carpet cleaning or if the carpet needs to be replaced.
Water damage affects all homeowners at some point, either from a burst pipe, a leaky geyser or through severe events such as flooding. Water damage can destroy a property, but don't forget that there are steps that homeowners can take to mitigate the damage and reduce losses.