The most common and most serious emergency your property can experience is water damage. Storms, floods, weakened roofs, HVAC leaks, busted pipes, overflowing appliances, or sewage backup can all cause water damage to your property. In the unfortunate event that you have water damage in your home, you will want to get it taken care of as soon as possible. Here are some steps you can take to get the job done right:
1. Call a reputable water damage company as soon as you notice water damage occurs.
Calling a reputable water damage professional before calling your insurance company is important. You can get advice on how to maximize the benefits of your claim from them. This is the important first step. A reputable company will contact your insurance company on your behalf.
2. Turn off power
Water and electricity can be dangerous. If turning off the power would cause you to stand in a wet area, call an electrician. Do not reenter a water damaged home until the electricity has been turned off.
3. Protect yourself
The most important step in dealing with major home disasters such as flooding and water damage is to be aware of your health and safety. Wear protective clothing such as rubber gloves and boots. This can help prevent injury from damaged structures and keep bacteria-filled water away from your skin. Also, keep an eye out for signs of structural damage that could be extremely dangerous, including loosened foundations, holes, and warped walls.
4. Save your valuables
If items can safely be removed from the water, allow them to air-dry indoors with as much airflow as possible. Use fans, dehumidifiers, and air conditioners to help speed the drying process. Do not touch the surface of photographs and gently remove debris with a soft cloth when they are almost dry. Remember to weigh down the edges so photos don’t curl.
5. Take pictures of the damage
Take pictures of the source of the damage, if known, and all affected areas. Be sure to include items that have been damaged as well. This will help if you have an insurance claim.