Water Damage Tips

Flood damage in your home can stem from several issues. If left to continue, water damage can harm the foundation of your property. Porous surfaces like floors and walls are prone to mold and mildew growth if untreated after water damage. The Paul Davis specialists are the experts to reach when your property needs water damage restoration.

Before the Pros Arrive

It can be hard not to try and fix the flooding yourself. That said, we recommend leaving the heavy lifting up to the specialists. However, there are some measures you can take before the restoration professionals arrive. You need to act quickly to save everything in your home from water damage.

Make sure your property is in a safe condition to enter before starting work. Your property becomes an unsafe place when exposed to water and electricity combined. Power off the main breaker before stepping into your home. Even if they look harmless, home appliances can be dangerous when touched by water.

First Things First

A serious home flood can leave all your items dampened. Remove all your smaller items to prevent further water damage. Level, sturdy surfaces are ideal for drying books, magazines and other paper materials. Lamps, knickknacks and any other tabletop items should also be removed. The big work begins once you’ve moved books and other small items.

Fans and air conditioning move air through your house and start drying the area. Soak up water from wood furniture and flat surfaces. Though you may want to try, don’t use a normal home vacuum to clean water. This can damage the appliance or endanger you if improperly handled. Once the room is clear of smaller items, use wooden or cement props to raise large furniture above the floor.

Water adds weight to surfaces, carpets, and fabrics. The extra weight makes fur, rugs and leather goods difficult to lift. So if you must remove a carpet, proceed carefully. Hang draperies, clothing and other fabrics away from the affected area to dry correctly. Items like furniture may not be easily salvaged.

In serious flooding cases, the extra water weight can affect the structural strength of your house. Because of this, do not go near sinking ceilings or bent floors. Areas like these have likely taken on large amounts of water and could crumble under weight.

Why You Should Call Paul

The Paul Davis experts know water damage {But with a little prep work from you, we can get to work sooner.} We know how to restore your home back to normal efficiently and quickly. Our pros have restored a range of flood conditions in different types of home and commercial properties. Furthermore, Paul Davis will work with your insurance company to settle your claims effectively, so you can return to normal.