Responding to Water Damage
Mold and other problems can grow from minor leaks. Whether an appliance leaks or flash flooding, water damage is no small matter for your home. If you discover leaking or flooding in your home, don’t wait to act. After contacting professionals to help, follow our steps to ensure a happy recovery for your home. Water damage in homes is a magnet for mold, mildew and other hazards. Whether from leaky appliances or flash flooding, acting quickly against water damage is crucial to ensure no further problems.
Preparing for the Professionals
There are different measures you can take before Paul Davis service masters arrive. To save everything in your home from water damage, it’s crucial to act quickly.
Don’t enter your home unless it’s safe. Your property becomes a dangerous place when exposed to water and electricity combined. Before stepping into your home, power off the main breaker.
Water leaks into everything. As soon as your home is safe to enter, move all your possessions. Paper and inked items like newspapers need a level, dry surface. This includes little tabletop items, such as lamps and collectables. The hard work begins when you’ve relocated books and other small items.
Fans or air conditioning circulate air throughout your house and start drying the area. Let the professionals handle the big damage, however, you can wipe or mop easier messes. Though you may want to try, do not use a standard home vacuum to remove water. This can damage the appliance and harm you if incorrectly handled. When you’re ready to move furniture, prop up larger pieces like heavy chairs using wooden and cement blocks to elevate them off the floor.
Fabrics and carpet are particularly heavy when wet. The additional weight makes rugs, fur and leather goods harder difficult to lift. So if you need to move a large fabric item, lift carefully. Hang draperies, clothing and other fabrics away from the flooded area to dry properly. Depending on how much water damage your home takes on, you may not be able to save every piece of fabric you own.
Your home’s framework and floors aren’t immune to water weight either. Ceilings and floors might bend when they absorb too much water weight, it’s best to stay away from these areas.
Why You Should Call Paul
Water damage is no match for Paul Davis. They can treat your home more effectively with a little prep work from you. We work hard to restore your home back to normal efficiently and quickly. Our pros are knowledgeable and have worked with varying degrees of water damage in different kinds of residential and commercial properties. Additionally, Paul Davis negotiates with your insurance company to settle your claims quickly, so you can get life back to normal.