Flooding, irrespective of the source, can cause some serious headaches for homeowners. After getting over the immediate shock of seeing water everywhere in your house, you should start thinking about the damage that the water is and has caused. One really annoying thing about water is that it seeps in everywhere; crack or crevice. This is problematic because it increases health and safety risks.
Dealing with the Damage
When you find yourself in a similar situation, with unwanted water in your house, you need to call in a professional water damage restoration service like ours. We’ll get on it as soon as we arrive. But until we get there, you can take some steps to deal with or minimize the destructive effects of the water.
Identify the Source
If it’s a leak, the first thing you need to do is to identify its source. If it is a flood, there isn’t much you can do to stop the water. Once you have identified the leaky culprit, cut the water off from the source. If you know how, you can turn the main water valve off to make sure that water level doesn’t increase.
You have to locate and protect your valuable possessions; but before you go about doing that, turn the power off. Money, jewelry, appliances etc, all need to be moved away from the water. Don’t try to remove all of your possessions because it will take too long. Instead focus on possessions that can be saved.
Good news is that the water damage restoration service will get to your location as fast as possible and try to salvage everything in your home.
If you have the necessary equipment, you can start removing the water. You can use a vacuum, specially made for water cleanup, or a water pump to get the water out. If you can get rid of the water before the professionals arrive, you can do a visual inspection of the damage caused by the water.
Dry it out
Odds are that the water damage restoration service will arrive before you get to this step. But in case they don’t, you need to try to dry out the area most affected by the water. Place fans in the room and open all windows and doors to promote the flow of air in the area.
If you take the steps above, you have done everything in your power to minimize the damage the water will do. When the water damage restorationprofessionals arrive, they will take over and do a comprehensive assessment of area and get to work,restoring your home to its original condition and you can putthis horrible experience behind you.