Water Damage Tips

Flood damage at home can begin from a variety of places. Wherever it starts, it can cause severe problems for the structure and fixtures indoors. Porous surfaces like floors and walls are susceptible to harboring mold and mildew if untreated after flood damage. If your home takes on water damage, call the specialists at Paul Davis.

Preparing for the Professionals

Before a Paul Davis pro arrives, there are a few easy measures you can do to make the restoration faster. You need to work quickly to salvage everything in your home from water damage.

Do not enter your home unless it’s safe. The hazardous combination of water and electricity makes a dampened home a risky place to work in. Power off the main breaker before stepping into your home. Even if they look undamaged, home appliances can be dangerous when touched by water.

First Things First

Water gets into everything. To prevent water damage from harming small items, remove them first. Use a dry, stable surface to put books, magazines and other paper things. Books and paper or inked items should be placed on a dry, stable surface. Lamps, knickknacks and other tabletop items should also be removed. The cleaning can begin when you’ve moved magazines, small items and other damp materials.

Circulate air throughout your home with fans to dry your furniture and other possessions. Let the specialists dry the big messes Though you may want to try, do not use a standard home vacuum cleaner to clean water. Improper use of these tools can be hazardous to you and harm the vacuum. If your furniture has been affected, use wooden and cement blocks to elevate heavy chairs and sofas above the floor.

Carpet and fabrics take on weight when exposed to water. The extra weight makes leather goods, fur and rugs hard to dry. If you need to remove a carpet, proceed with caution. Hang draperies, clothing and other fabrics away from the affected area to dry properly. Depending on how much water damage your home takes on, you might not be able to keep every piece of fabric you own.

In severe flooding cases, the extra water weight can affect the foundation of your home. Because of this, stay away from sinking ceilings or bent floors. These areas have likely absorbed the most water and could fall under weight.

Why Call Paul?

Paul Davis technicians know water damage. {And with a little prep work from homeowners, we can start reversing the damage more quickly.} We can get your home back to normal efficiently and quickly. Our specialists are knowledgeable and have worked with severe, moderate and small amounts of water damage in different kinds of home and business properties. Furthermore, Paul Davis works with your insurance company to settle your claims quickly, so you can return to normal.