What to Do if You See Water Damage

Water damage in your home can come from a range of issues. No matter how it comes from, it can cause serious harm to the infrastructure and fixtures indoors. Wooden surfaces and drywall are susceptible to mold and mildew growth after taking on water. If your home experiences water damage, call the experts at Paul Davis.

Getting Ready for the Professionals

Before a Paul Davis service master appears, there are a few easy things you can do to help make the restoration faster. To save everything on your property from water damage, it’s important to act quickly.

First, assess the any hazards in your home. It’s no secret that water and electricity are a hazardous mixture, so search for electrical hazards around your home before you start cleaning. Even if look undamaged, don’t use items like TVs, toasters or other household appliances. To ensure total safety, shut down all breakers and circuits in your home to avoid electrocution.

Salvaging Items and your Home

Water is a persistent liquid that can leak into every nook and cranny in your house. Relocate all your smaller things to deter further water damage. Paper and inked things like books need a stable, dry surface. This includes small tabletop things, such as lamps and collectibles. You can begin cleaning once you’ve moved newspapers, small items and other damp materials.

Fans and air conditioning circulate air through your home and start drying the area. Wipe and mop wet areas like shelves to make sure minor pools of sitting water have been absorbed. Though you may want to try, do not use a standard home vacuum to clean water. This can damage the vacuum and endanger you if incorrectly handled. Once the room is clear of smaller items, use wooden and cement blocks to lift sofas off the floor.

Fabrics and carpet are typically heavy when soaked. The additional weight makes rugs, leather goods and fur difficult to move. This means when you must move a carpet, proceed carefully. Hang draperies, clothing and other fabrics away from the soaked area to dry thoroughly. Remember that water damage can affect such items permanently, so you might not be able to salvage them.

Your house’s framework and floors aren’t impervious to water weight either. Because of this, do not go near sinking ceilings or bent floors. Areas like these have likely absorbed large amounts of water and could fall under weight.

Why Paul Davis?

Water damage is easy for Paul Davis. {But with a little prep work from our customers, we can start removing the flooding more quickly.} We will restore your home back to normal safely and quickly. Our technicians are experienced and have worked with varying degrees of water damage in different kinds of residential and business spaces. Furthermore, Paul Davis helps you with your insurance company to settle your claims quickly, so you can return to normal.