What to Do if You See Water Damage

Flood damage at home can stem from several sources. Wherever it comes from, it can cause serious problems for the infrastructure and stability inside. Floors, walls and other surfaces are especially vulnerable to mold and mildew growth after taking on water. If your home experiences water damage, get the experts from Paul Davis.

Getting Ready for the Professionals

It can be hard not to try and fix the flooding yourself. That said, it’s best to leave the heavy lifting up to the specialists. However, there are some measures you can take before the Paul Davis crew arrives. To save everything in your home from water damage, it’s important to act quickly.

First you need to evaluate the condition of your home. We all know that water and electricity are dangerous together, so search for electrical hazards on the premises before you act. Exposed wires or wet electronics can pose a threat, even when appliances have been powered down. We suggest cutting power to breakers and circuits to ensure total safety.

Salvaging Possessions and your Home

Water is a pervasive liquid that can seep into every part of your property. Once your house is safe to enter, move all your possessions. Paper and inked things like books need a flat, dry surface. This includes small tabletop things, such as lamps and knickknacks. You can begin cleaning when you’ve moved magazines, small items and other dampened materials.

Fans and air conditioning move air through your home and start drying the area. Leave the larger messes for the experts, but you can wipe and mop surface spots. Though you may want to try, you should never use a regular home vacuum cleaner to remove water. Incorrect use of these appliances can be harmful to you and harm the vacuum. To help the floor and furniture dry, use wooden or cement blocks to elevate sofas above the floor.

Carpet and fabrics become heavier when wet. All that additional weight makes rugs, leather goods and fur hard to dry. This means when you have to move a large fabric item, proceed with caution. Hang clothing, draperies and other fabrics away from the soaked area to dry thoroughly. Depending on the scale of water damage in your home, you may not be able to save every piece of fabric you own.

In serious flooding events, the additional water weight can damage the foundation of your house. Because of this, stay away from sagging ceilings or warped floors. Areas like these have likely taken on the most water and could fall under weight.

Why You Should Call Paul

Paul Davis specialists are experts on water damage. {And with a little prep work from our customers, we can begin treating the flooding more quickly.} We will get your house back to normal safely and quickly. Our technicians have worked in a range of flood conditions in different types of home and business properties. Additionally, Paul Davis helps you with your insurance company to settle your claims effectively, so you can return to normal.