There are many aspects of water damage cleanup that should be handled by the professionals. These include inspecting the water and damage to make sure your home is safe to be in, thoroughly drying your home of all the water, and restoring the damage caused by the water once it has all been removed. Nonetheless, some DIY initiative on your part can save you some money and minimize the amount of damage done to your Laconia home…if you know what you’re doing. The team at All Brite Cleaning & Restoration has four do-it-yourself steps you can take when your home suffers from water damage. Keep in mind that these tips are only meant to help you minimize damage while you wait for a team of professional water damage cleanup experts.
This is the most important aspect of water damage cleanup. Water damage cleanup is a time sensitive matter. The longer the water sits there, the more damage is done to your home. Furthermore, the longer moisture remains throughout your home the more likely mold is to grow and cause you serious problems. As soon as you notice water damage in your home contact a professional.
Clearly, this a priority when it comes to water damage cleanup. You should take extreme caution around the water that invaded your home. Any standing water in your home can contain harmful bacteria and microorganisms, especially if it came from your plumbing system or from an external water source. In serious cases, this contaminated water can cause serious diseases such as cholera, typhoid fever, and dysentery. For the most involved and dangerous parts of water damage cleanup, you definitely want to involve a professional restoration company that can get the job done safely.
Take Care of the Source
In order to start the water damage cleanup process, the source of the water damage needs to be taken care of. Let’s say you find water damage in your ceiling after a heavy storm hits. If you focus on the cleanup and ignore the reason why there was water damage in the first place, chances are when the next big storm hits you will be dealing with water damage all over again.
If you have standing water in your home, make sure you turn off the power before wading into the water. The last thing you want to experience is electric shock while trying to find the source of the water damage.
Document the Damage
Taking the time to make a detailed inventory of all of your possessions and the damage done to them by the water damage disaster may seem like an inconvenience, but it will save you a giant headache when dealing with your insurance claim later. It will also maximize the amount of compensation you receive from your insurance company in the end. Something else you can do to simplify matters with your insurance is to make a detailed inventory of all your possessions before any disaster occurs so you have before and after documentation to provide to your insurance company.
Understanding what you can do on your own after a water damage event is valuable knowledge to have. Acting on this knowledge will decrease the amount of overall damage done to your home and save you money. Although, you will always want to call a professional water damage restoration company to help with the most difficult and dangerous parts of water damage restoration.