Tips For Dealing With Water Damage

Approximately 40 percent of homeowners have had to deal with water damage at some point, and this is the second most frequent reason for filing a home insurance claim in the U.S. Most home insurance policies don't cover all types of water damage, so you may need to add optional additional coverage or else pay to repair the damages yourself should they occur. Taking certain steps can help with water damage restoration.

Start the Drying Process

The most important thing is to get started drying things out right away. Mold can start growing within a day or two in damp conditions. If possible, use a pump, shop vac, or mop to remove any remaining water. Then set up any fans or dehumidifiers that are available to help start drying out the affected area of the home. If you're sure that the wiring of the house wasn't compromised by the flooding, turning on the air conditioning can help with the drying process. Opening the windows and doors can also be helpful (as long as it's not raining). If the ceilings aren't dry, don't turn on ceiling fans, as this could be dangerous. Dry off any wood furniture and put something under the bottom of the legs to keep them from touching damp flooring.

Document the Damage

During the cleanup process, be sure to take photos to document the damage to the home. This can help with home insurance claims if you have coverage for the situation in question.

Remove Damaged Items

Put on rubber gloves and shoes or boots that have a thick rubber sole and start removing the items that can't be saved. While you could save this job for the water mitigation professionals, it's cheaper to do it yourself if possible. Get rid of any wall coverings, particle board furniture, floor coverings, and loose items that were irreparably damaged by the flooding. Even the belongings which can be saved are best moved out of the damaged area to be cleaned and kept out of the way of the water damage restoration process.

Call an Expert

Unless the water damage is in a very small area and very minimal, it often helps to call in the professionals. They'll be better able to judge what can be saved and how to save it and have the equipment to make the whole process faster and easier. They can deal with the cleanup and disinfecting of the affected area of the home. They also know how to check for any potential hidden damage that needs to be dealt with. Companies like East Coast Environmental Restoration can help.