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Steps to Take When You Have Flood Damage

8/31/2017 (Permalink)


Steps to Take When You Have Flood Damage

Few things are more devastating than flood damage. Water is powerful. It can take over your home or business, causing thousands of dollars in damage, leaving behind a powerful smell and potentially causing structural damage. There is a reason why hurricanes tend to cause millions of dollars in damage. With that being said, you are not alone if you suffer from water damage. There are companies that specialize in restoration and can help you mitigation, as well. When you have water in your home or water in a business, it's important not to handle water cleanup on your own. A flooded home deserves a restoration company that can help. Here are the steps to take when you suffer flood damage in your commercial or residential property.

Salvage important property
When your home or business suffers water damage, you should begin by salvaging property that is critical for your life. If you've been planning ahead, then you probably have your critical business documents and personal documentation in a waterproof bag. There may be other things you want to take with you, as well. Your first step in dealing with flood damage is to get everything you need and vacate the home. Water cleanup should be done by a professional restoration expert. This can only be done if you get what you need and vacate the flooded home or business.

Contact a great company
After dealing with your insurance provider, you'll need to enlist the help of a skilled restoration company. Whether the water in your home came from a supply line break, a pipe break or some other issue, a professional restoration company can help with water cleanup so your home can start the drying process. This restoration effort may take weeks, so you should settle in for the long haul when you have water in your business or water in your home.

Pumping water out of your home
After you experience that supply line break or pipe break, a good company will begin the process of restoration and mitigation. Their goal will be to get your home back into fighting shape as soon as possible while also ensuring that you suffer the smallest amount of damage. This process starts with pumping standing water from your home. The longer water is allowed to stand, the more likely it will cause long-term harm to your property. Once standing water is removed, the restoration experts will deal with your flooded home to ensure that other problems don't ruin you.

Using professional tools to dry your home
One of the most important reasons why you shouldn't undertake water cleanup on your own has to do with equipment. Flood damage from a supply line break or pipe break can bring massive amounts of water into your property. Drying that property will take more than a few towels. Water damage should be dealt with by a restoration company that has the tools to dry the home quickly.

The quicker the company complete the drying process, the easier it will be to prevent the long-term effects of water damage. Every day that water in your business or home remains, mildew and mold can grow. This can cause an awful smell and potentially rot your home. Proper mitigation efforts are needed when you have water in your business. This is only possible with professional equipment.

Checking the structural integrity of your home
A flooded home is nothing to fool with from a structural integrity standpoint. When you have water in your home or water in a business, proper mitigation demands more than just drying. It also demands a check to ensure that your home hasn't suffered from rot. A good company will take note of your home's foundation, walls and the like whenever a supply line break or pipe break threatens to destroy that which you've worked so hard to build. This process will make it easy for you to step back into your home or business without worry.
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