Want to know what it takes to really tackle repairing water damage?
Repairing water damage this time of year can really take the happy out of the new year. But instead of it getting you down and letting it ruin your day, take heart in knowing there is great advice out there from people who’ve been there. What do you need to know about repairing water damage? Here’s some of the best advice we’ve heard.
Patience! Because Flooding = Quick, Drying = Slow
If you’ve had a flood, whether it’s from mother nature or from a leaking pipe, it’s surprising how much water can pour into your home in a short period of time. And although the problem happened quickly, it’s great to remember that the drying and restoration process will take a little more time. So the advice here is: be patient. There are a lot of steps that go into drying and cleanup, don’t rush the process!
Prioritize: First Things First
The number one priority after flooding is safety. Don’t enter a wet or flooded room or basement until you’re sure it’s safe, and when we say safe, the first thing we’re referring to is electricity. Make sure it’s off! Turn off the power to your home because water and electricity don’t mix, and you don’t want to find yourself in a dangerous situation with risk of electrocution.
Safety First, Safety Second
Once the electricity is off, there are still hazards you need to be aware of to keep yourself safe. If your basement is flooded there’s a good chance your water could be contaminated with sewage. Don’t go in there. Wait for a professional.
If the flood waters came in from the outside because of a storm or other natural disaster, the water could be contaminated with animal waste, bacteria, petroleum products, and other contaminants, including toxic chemicals that have mixed with the flood waters. Don’t jump in just because it’s your house. Wait for the experts.
Cover Your Assets
If there’s been a storm and that’s the cause of your water damage, it’s possible you also have damage to your roof or windows or siding. It’s important to secure you house if that’s the case. Make sure you cover any holes in your house to prevent more damage from rain, wind, or additional stormy weather.
Don’t Dilly Dally
Water in your home will continue to do damage as long as it’s left to its own devices. Everything from material disintegration to warping and rotting to mold and mildew growth, the longer water sits, the more damage it will do. Time is of the essence when it comes to water damage restoration.
Do Not Do it Yourself
In this era of do-it-yourself enthusiasts, it’s easy to imagine you could take on the challenges of a flood, but water damage repair is best left to the experts. If there is one piece of advice we could give it’s this. There is so much at stake, if water cleanup is not done properly, or if it’s done incompletely, or if mold begins to grow and is missed, or if there is structural damage that isn’t identified, it will cost you down the road. Even worse than the financial ramifications, it could put you and your family at risk for exposure to a dangerous and unstable house and to the dangers and health risks of toxic mold.
Water damage is a big drag! But if it happens, don’t put your head in the sand and carry on with your new years resolutions. Take our advice and take the necessary precautions, and hire a professional to handle the restoration and repair process, the right way, the first time. Then you can get back to your schedule with a dry house and peace of mind.