Home Water Damage Tips
Tips On Dealing With Home Water Damage
Water damage can happen to your home at any time and in a variety of ways such as:
- Broken or leaking pipes
- Plumbing system backups
- Faulty or malfunctioning household appliances
- Heating, ventilating and air conditioning unit issues
- Natural disasters and other weather-related water problems
- Water buildup in spaces prone to collecting water, such your basement or attic
Dealing with the aftermath is a stressful and potentially dangerous situation. In addition to the visible damaged caused by water in your home, the consequence of prolonged exposure over time causes significantly more damage to occur. The more exposure to standing water, the more severe the long-term destruction, including:
- Permanent carpet staining
- Warping delaminating and cupping of wood furniture
- Musky odors and fungus growth
- Paint blistering and peeling wallpaper
- Structural damage to your home
- Mold contamination and microbial growth
That’s why is important to call a reputable water removal service as soon as an issue occurs.
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Regardless of the cause, there are some things you can do to preserve your home and belongings while waiting for your service to arrive.
- Identify the Source of the Leak – The first thing you should do in the event of a flood is to stop the flow of water, if you can. For instance, in the case of a leaking appliance, shut off water to that appliance. If you’re not sure where the leak is originating from, shut off water to your entire house.
- Dry the Area as Much as You Can – Depending on the extent of the flooding it may or may not be realistic to dry the area yourself but it’s important to start this process as soon as possible to avoid prolonged damage. Gather as many mops, towels and rags that you can find and soak up what you can from carpets and upholstered furniture. Once you get the bulk of the water removed, use fans and a dehumidifier to establish proper airflow and dry everything out.
- Take Photos of the Water Damage – Contact your insurance company as soon as possible and take plenty of photos documenting the extent of the water damage and all possessions impacted by the flood. Working with insurance companies can be a hassle so you’ll want to have everything you need to support your claim. A reputable restoration business like K.O.S. Cleaning and Restoration will work with your insurance company to help file paperwork on your behalf.
- Move Delicate Materials Away from Standing Water – When removing belongings from standing water the material of each item should be your first consideration. Any electronics should be safely removed first. IMPORTANT: Don’t risk electrocution but unplugging electronics in standing water! When in doubt wait for a professional to handle it. Because wood warps quickly you want to remove those items quickly. Paper items like books, photos and documents should be next. Plastic and concrete items are more capable of withstanding prolonged exposure to water and are therefore less critical to remove.
Don’t wait for water damage to become a bigger problem in your home. Make sure your first call is to an IICRC trained and certified water removal and restoration company to make sure the job is done quickly, safely and reliably.
The pros at K.O.S. Cleaning and Restoration are ready 24/7 to restore your home and get you back to normal quickly. Call (877) 339-5464