Steps in Restoring Flood Damage
Steps in Restoring Flood Damage
Water damage is quite common, so it’s important to know what to do if it ever happens to you. Supply line breaks and pipe breaks affect everyone at some time or another. You’ll be prepared in advance and be able to mitigate the damage and start the restoration process on the right foot if there is water in your home or water in your business.
If you have a flooded home, the first step is to try to stop the flow of water. This means that if the flood originates from a broken appliance, such as a sink or toilet, you should shut off the water valve in that appliance. If necessary, you can shut off the main water valve to your home. If it’s coming from a leak, such as if there is a pipe break of a supply line break, try sealing off the leak. Stopping the water is important before starting the water cleanup and drying process.
Before entering your flooded home, it’s important to close your electric circuits. This is because water that is exposed to electricity can become dangerous and you don’t want to touch it. In addition, watch out for any reptiles in the water.
Your next step is to call a professional restoration company. A water cleanup company will be able to quickly stop any further damage and clean up your flooded home until it’s back to the way it was before the water damage. If there is a supply line break or a pipe break that you can't fix yourself, they will be able to do it for you. Try to call them as soon as you can, because time is of the essence when it comes to the mitigation, drying, and restoration process after water damage occurs. The more your flooded home is left unattended, the greater the risk of flood damage, appliances getting water damaged, and mold and mildew developing. It just gets harder to start the restoration process. In addition, the longer you wait, the greater the chance of the water becoming contaminated.
Another reason why calling a professional restoration company when there is water in your home or water in your business is necessary is because you can’t really clean up water damage and do all the drying by yourself. You may be able to clean up the surface water, but the water in your home or the water in your business will seep into your walls and furniture, and this moisture is hard to clean up. In addition, water can get into your vents and your HVAC system. There are usually pockets of moisture hidden in corners, under tiles, and in various areas of your home or business. Only a professional mitigation company has the tools, expertise, and experience that’s needed in order to do the mitigation process the right way. This part of the water cleanup process can not be done by yourself. If there is a supply line break or a pipe break, you probably won't be able to fix it by yourself either.
In addition, you don’t know which kinds of furniture and items can be salvaged and which are better thrown out. A professional mitigation company has the experience to know what you can clean up and what you’re better off replacing now instead of facing problems with in the future. Some parts of your home may be better off replaced now. A restoration company will be able to help you put in new drywood panels if needed.
What can you expect from a water restoration company? First, they will conduct an inspection to discover the levels of water in your business or the levels of water in your home, and also the extent of the flood damage. They will see what can be salvaged, how seriously damaged your home is, and what needs to be done to start the water cleanup process. They will also take steps to mitigate any further flood damage. Next, they will start the water extraction process and will start getting your home clean of any water. Their next step will be completely drying out your home by removing any excess moisture and pockets of moisture hidden in your home or absorbed in your walls or furniture. Next, they will do another assessment of your home. This is just to make sure that they did not miss anything and to see how to start restoring your home back to normal. Finally, the restoration process will begin, and they will repair any structural flood damage that was done to your home.
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