Water Damage Tips

Water damage at home can come from a range of places. If neglected, water damage can hurt the foundation of your home. Porous surfaces like floors and walls are particularly vulnerable to mold and mildew growth if neglected after water damage. If your home takes on water damage, contact the experts from Paul Davis.

Getting Ready for the Professionals

There are several things you can do before Paul Davis restoration professionals come to help. From the floors, walls, ceiling, and your prized possessions, it’s crucial to work quickly to prevent water damage in your home.

Make sure your house is safe to enter before working. The hazardous mixture of water and electricity makes a dampened home a risky place to enter. Shut off the main breaker before entering your home. Even if they look safe, home appliances can deliver a powerful shock when damaged by water.

First Things First

A serious flood in your home can leave everything you own wet. Remove all your smaller items to avoid more water damage. Level, flat areas are ideal for drying books, magazines and other paper materials. Small lamps, knickknacks and any other display items should also be removed. The cleaning can begin once you’ve moved newspapers, small items and other dampened materials.

To begin the drying process, we recommend air movers and your home’s AC in your home to channel air throughout the area. Remove water from hard furniture and smaller surfaces. Though you may want to try, you should never use a standard home vacuum to clean water. Standard vacuums aren’t equipped to suck up bodies of water. Once the room is clear of smaller items, use wooden and cement props to raise sofas away from the floor.

Water adds weight to surfaces, carpets, and fabrics. All that extra weight makes fur, rugs and leather goods hard to lift. So if you must remove a rug, lift carefully. Hang draperies, clothing and other fabrics away from the flooded area to dry thoroughly. Depending on how much water damage your home takes on, you might not be able to save every piece of fabric you own.

The same water weight that affects rugs and carpets can damage your home’s structure. Ceilings and floors will bow when they absorb too much water weight, it’s best to stay clear of these hazards.

Why Paul Davis?

Experts from Paul Davis are experienced with flooding. And with a some assistance from you, the water damage can be removed more quickly. We can get your house back to normal safely and quickly. Our pros are knowledgeable and have worked with all types of water damage in different kinds of residential and business spaces. Furthermore, Paul Davis helps you with your insurance company to settle your claims promptly, so you can get life back to normal.