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Water Damage Checklist: What You Should Do Immediately
Water damage is one of the most frustrating and damaging events that can happen in your home or business. Water damage can result from a variety of different situations. Each situation is a little different and comes with different clean up procedures. No matter what caused the water damage, there are some routine procedures that you can follow until help arrives to prevent further damage.
Water Damage Checklist (What You Should Do Immediately):
Find the Source
The first thing you need to do immediately after you see standing water in any area of your house is to find the source of the water. To prevent further damage to your house and belongings, you should stop the water immediately. This may mean turning off all the water to your home and calling a professional right away. Stopping additional water entering your home is always the first step.
Take Care of Your Home
To prevent further damage to your home or business, you need to take preventative steps. You should turn off the power, if possible. You will want to move all your valuables to an area of the home that was not exposed to water, or to a friend or family’s home until your home is restored.
Call for Help
Once you have the situation under control, you should contact your insurance company, and a professional mitigation company. If you need assistance finding a mitigation company, ask your insurance for references of the companies that they use. Be sure to take pictures of everything so that there is no question later about what was damaged or not.
Start Repairing the Water Damage
Start the repairs as soon you can to prevent mold and structural damage. Contact a professional mitigation restoration company to help you clean and repair your home properly. Professional companies have the experience necessary to fix the water damage issue and look for mold and other hazardous issues.
Watch For Mold
Mold only takes about 24 hours to grow. You should thoroughly inspect your home for mold in the carpets, walls, drywall, flooring and more. If you do see or suspect mold, contact a professional mold remediation company to look for mold and help you remove it.
Water damage, regardless of severity, needs to be addressed immediately. Water remediation and removal should not be left as a DIY. While some people attempt to undertake the process by themselves, many realize later that the root of the problem is far more complicated.
Trust a professional to get your home or business back to its pre loss condition, they have the knowledge, expertise, and capacity to fix even the most complicated water damage.
By Superior Cleaning & Restoration
Chapter Happenings Sponsor, October 2022
Written by Bobbi Hutchison | (425) 260-2141
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