Water Damage Tips

Flood damage at home can begin from a variety of issues. If neglected, water damage can hurt the foundation of your home. Floors, walls and other surfaces are prone to fungal growth when water damage is neglected. If your home experiences water damage, get the specialists at Paul Davis.

Getting Ready for the Experts

It can be hard not to try and remedy the leak yourself. That said, we recommend leaving the heavy lifting up to the specialists. However, there are some things you can do before the restoration professionals arrive. From the floors, walls, ceiling, and your prized possessions, it’s important to act quickly to prevent water damage in your home.

Before acting, it is necessary to verify your house is safe to enter. Your home becomes an unsafe place when exposed to water and electricity combined. Power off the main breaker before walking into your home. Even if they look harmless, home appliances can pack a punch when damaged by water.

First Things First

Water gets into everything. To prevent water damage from destroying small possessions, remove them before large furniture. Level, flat surfaces are suitable for drying books, magazines and other paper materials. Small lamps, knickknacks and any other tabletop items should also be removed. You can begin cleaning as soon as you’ve moved books, small items and other damp materials.

To dry your home, use fans or your AC system. Leave the larger messes for the professionals, but you can wipe or mop easier messes. Though you may want to try, don’t use a standard home vacuum cleaner to remove water. This can damage the vacuum and hurt you if incorrectly used. When you’re ready to move furniture, prop up furnishings like heavy chairs and sofas onto wooden and cement blocks to elevate them off the wet areas.

Water adds weight to surfaces, carpets, and fabrics. All that extra weight makes fur, rugs and leather goods hard to dry. This means when you need to remove a carpet, proceed carefully. Hang draperies, clothing and other fabrics away from the soaked area to dry correctly. Pieces like draperies may not be easily salvaged.

Your property’s framework and floors aren’t impervious to water weight either. Ceilings and floors may bow when they take on water weight, it’s best to stay clear of these hazards.

Why Call Paul?

Water damage is easy for Paul Davis. And with a some assistance from homeowners, we can begin working sooner. We will return your home back to normal efficiently and quickly. Our technicians are knowledgeable and have worked with severe, moderate and small amounts of water damage in a range of residential and commercial spaces. Additionally, Paul Davis will work with your insurance company to settle your claims promptly, so you can return to normal.