How to Handle Water Damage
From broken appliances to broken roofs, water damage varies in source and intensity. If neglected, water damage can deteriorate the foundation of your property. Porous surfaces like floors and walls are especially vulnerable to mold and mildew growth after taking on water. Our professionals at Paul Davis are the ones to call when your home or business takes on water damage.
Before the Pros Arrive
There are different measures you can take before Paul Davis specialists arrive. You need to move quickly to save everything in your home from water damage.
First, make sure your property is safe to enter. Turn off all electronics and breakers around your home to avoid electrocution. It may sound overly careful, but damaged appliances can be dangerous when exposed to water.
Water can get into everything. To prevent water damage from destroying small items, remove them first. Use a dry, stable surface to set books, magazines and other paper items. Magazines and any inked items should be lie on a dry, stable surface. Lamps, collectibles and other tabletop items should also be removed. Once you’ve moved small items, magazines and any other damp materials, you can begin cleaning.
To start the drying process, we recommend fans in your home to move air throughout the area. Let the professionals handle the big damage Though you may want to try, you should never use a normal home vacuum cleaner to clean water. This can damage the vacuum or harm you if incorrectly handled. Once the room is clear of smaller items, use wooden or cement props to lift heavy chairs and sofas away from the the floor.
Carpet and fabrics take on weight when exposed to water. The extra weight makes leather goods, fur and rugs hard to move. This means when you must remove a rug, lift carefully. Hang clothing, draperies and other fabrics away from the affected area to dry properly. Things like draperies may not be saved easily.
In serious flooding situations, the extra water weight can damage the structural integrity of your home. Ceilings and floors may bow when they take on water weight, be sure to avoid these hazards.
Why Call Paul?
Paul Davis experts know water damage. They can treat your home more effectively with a little prep work from you. We know how to return your home back to normal efficiently and quickly. Our pros are knowledgeable and have worked with severe, moderate and small amounts of water damage in different kinds of residential and business spaces. Additionally, Paul Davis works with your insurance company to settle your claims promptly, so you can return to normal.