What To Do When You Have Water Damage At Home
Water damage at home is incredibly overwhelming and can have stressful and destructive effects. Whether it is a burst pipe, violent natural disaster or flooding, homes are vulnerable to many kinds of potential water damage. It can be confusing how to handle the situation in the best way to ensure that your family can continue to have a safe place to call home. Since water damage is an incredibly encapsulating situation, it is best recommended to rely on professionals to mitigate the restoration in the quickest manner.
The first thing you need to remember is to keep your family and your home safe. Think before you act. Will it be safe to return to your home after the flooding? Some people are in such a rush to leave that they forget about what will happen when they return.
Did you turn everything off before you left? Now, it is better to turn the power off right before things go from bad to worse. However, if it requires standing, in the growing water levels, to turn the power off, then it is best to leave it to a professional.
It is best to make sure you are wearing some kind of protective gear ( like boots and coats) when you re-enter your home. Your home is going to look like a war zone after everything is finished.
You’ll also need to stay away from downed power cords that might be loose in the house as flooding might have pulled a plug. The power might be off, but that is not going to help when you get everything up and running again. It is best to stay away from power cords and electrical sockets until the water has been evacuated from your home.
Drying Everything Out
If the amount of water in your home is somewhat manageable, you might be successful in getting rid of the standing water in your home. However, you are still going to deal with all the other contents in your home that are damp or very wet-this is especially true in areas that have high humidity levels.
For those who have air-conditioners. make sure the cord is dry enough to plug into the socket. The next thing is to turn off the auto feature and keep it running at “on”. This helps with drying things out and ventilating the property. Make sure your home is dry, but not too dry. Making your home too dry during the restoration period can cause mold and mildew to develop.
You will also need to call your insurance company. Report the damage and file the paperwork. Make sure to include your valuables in order to receive compensation for things lost.
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