Do you know what to do if your home is hit with water damage and mold?
Something homeowners pretty much all have in common is the fear of water damage and mold in their home. Sure, there are other things to worry about, like fire, hail, power outages, tornadoes, and pests, but water damage is one of those things that can happen to anyone, for a lot of different reasons. And it’s a huge pain to deal with and it can be devastating in the amount of damage even a little water can do.
To help ease your mind as a homeowner, here are some tips should water damage become an issue in your home.
Tip #1: Don’t Wait
Waiting to take action when you have a water issue in your home is the last thing you want to do. The longer water sits, the more damage that is done. Not only does it continue to do damage to your belongings, but it also keeps moving and seeping and soaking your home, including moving into areas behind walls, under flooring, and in and around appliances.
Tip #2: Turn Off the Power
Water and electricity don’t mix. In order to keep yourself and your family safe and prevent electrocution hazards, it’s important to shut off the power to the affected area, and the whole house if you need to. And whatever you do, do not handle any electrical appliances, lamps, tools, or other devices while you’re in, on, or around water. Safety first, by turning off the power.
Tip #3: Turn Off the Water
If you can find the source of the water, turn it off. Shutting off all of the water to your home is an option, or you can turn it off at the source. Obviously if your water damage is from a storm or a flood, you can’t just shut it down, but if it’s internal, do what you can to stop the flow.
Tip #4: Call Your Insurance Company
First of all, you’ll want to understand your coverage. If it’s a flood, you may or may not be covered. Hopefully you are, and if so, you’ll want to get a claim filed and get the process underway, so call your insurance company as soon as you and your family and your home are safe. Once the claim is started you can start the recovery process.
Tip #5: Get the Water Out
The longer water sits untreated, the more damage it can do. Getting the water out of your home is key to a quick and complete recovery and restoration. Professionals will bring in industrial water extractors to pull out as much water as possible. Once the water is extracted, the drying process can begin. Getting everything dry is the best way to keep other issues at bay.
Tip #6: Understand the Real Dangers of Mold
When water sits for more than 24 hours, mold can begin to grow. If you think water is a bad deal, wait until you have to deal with toxic mold colonizing in your house. Mold is the real danger of water damage and flooding. Because it’s so toxic and so dangerous to your health and your home, the best way to deal with it is to avoid it. If you do end up with mold growth, the right professional can treat it and mitigate it to prevent symptoms or issues after the cleanup.
Tip #7: Don’t Just Dump the Damaged Goods
When your house gets flooded it’s tempting to want to toss everything and start over, but there are other ways to manage the damage. A good restoration company can identify what needs to be discarded and what can be restored. This is especially important if your insurance policy won’t cover the total replacement of your furniture and belongings.
A flood or a leak can create a horrific situation in your home, and it can be frustrating and devastating and overwhelming. Don’t panic!
Use the tips you’ve just read and then call Can-Restore for help with water damage and mold by calling (770) 735-2695.