Responding to Water Damage
Flood damage in your home can come from a range of sources. No matter where it begins, it can cause serious harm to the foundation and fixtures inside. Wooden surfaces and drywall are prone to mold and mildew growth when water damage is left untreated. Our professionals at Paul Davis are the ones to reach when your property takes on water damage.
Before We Arrive
Before a Paul Davis specialist arrives, there are several things you can do to make the job speed up. From the floors, walls, ceiling, and your prized things, it’s essential to work quickly to prevent water damage in your home.
Before starting, be sure your property is safe to enter. Shut off all electronics and breakers around your house to avoid electrocution. It may sound overly cautious, but damaged appliances can be hazardous when exposed to water.
Water is a pervasive substance that can leak into every part of your house. To keep water damage from harming small items, move them them before large furniture. Use a dry, stable area to set books, magazines and other paper things. Magazines and other inked items should be placed on a dry, stable area. Don’t forget lamps and other shelf pieces either. Once you’ve moved handheld items, newspaper and any other wet materials, the cleaning can begin.
Move air around your house with fans or air conditioning to dry. Leave the larger messes for the specialists, however, you can wipe or mop smaller messes Though you may want to try, you should never use a standard home vacuum to clean water. This can damage the vacuum or hurt you if improperly used. When you’re ready to move furniture, raise up furniture such as heavy chairs onto wooden or cement blocks to above them off the wet areas.
Water adds weight to surfaces, carpets, and fabrics. All that additional weight makes fur, rugs and leather goods hard to dry. This means when you have to remove a carpet, proceed with caution. Hang clothing, draperies and other fabrics away from the wet area to dry thoroughly. Keep in mind that water damage can affect such items permanently, so you might not be able to save them.
Your property’s foundation and floors aren’t impervious to water weight either. Floors and ceilings can bend when they absorb too much water weight, it’s best to stay away from these areas.
Why Paul Davis?
Water damage is no match for Paul Davis. They can treat your home more effectively with a little prep work from you. We know how to restore your house back to normal safely and quickly. Our experts are experienced and have worked with varying degrees of water damage in different kinds of home and business spaces. Additionally, Paul Davis helps you with your insurance company to settle your claims promptly, so you can return to normal.