Water Damage at Home
From broken dishwashers to broken roofs, water damage changes in source and severity. If left to continue, water damage can hurt the stability of your property. Porous surfaces like floors and walls are susceptible to fungal invasion when water damage is left untreated. The Paul Davis specialists are the experts to talk to when your property requires water damage restoration.
Before Our Specialists Come to Your House
It can be hard not to try and remedy the flooding yourself. That said, we recommend leaving the heavy lifting up to the experts. However, there are some things you can do before the restoration professionals arrive. To save everything at home from water damage, it’s important to act quickly.
First you need to assess the any hazards in your property. We all know that water and electricity are hazardous together, so look for electrical hazards on the premises before you start cleanup. Even if it looks harmless, steer clear of items like TVs, microwaves or any household appliances. Cut power to all breakers and circuits to avoid electrocution and ensure total safety.
First Things First
Water is a persistent liquid that can soak into every nook and cranny in your house. As soon as your home is safe to enter, relocate all your possessions. Use a dry, flat surface to put books, magazines and other paper things. Magazines and paper or inked items should be go on a flat, dry surface. Don’t forget lamps and other shelf pieces either. The cleaning can begin when you’ve moved newspapers, small items and other damp materials.
To start the drying process, we recommend fans or air conditioning throughout your home to channel air throughout the area. Soak up water from wooden furniture and flat surfaces. Though you may want to try, you should not use a normal home vacuum cleaner to clean water. This can damage the vacuum or harm you if improperly used. Once the room is clear of smaller items, use wooden or cement props to elevate furniture off the floor.
Water adds weight to surfaces, carpets, and fabrics. The additional weight makes leather goods, fur and rugs hard to dry. This means when you have to move a carpet, lift with caution. Hang clothing, draperies and other fabrics away from the soaked area to dry properly. Remember that water damage can affect these items permanently, so you might not be able to save them.
In serious flooding cases, the additional water weight can hurt the structural integrity of your home. Because of this, avoid sinking ceilings or bowed floors. These areas have likely absorbed the most water and could collapse around you.
Paul Davis Restoration
Experts from Paul Davis are experts on water damage. But with a some help from you, the water damage can be removed more quickly. We know how to get your property back to normal safely and quickly. Our pros are experienced and have worked with all types of water damage in all kinds of residential and commercial spaces. Furthermore, Paul Davis works with your insurance company to settle your claims promptly, so you can return to normal.