Recovering from Water Damage

Water damage in your home can stem from a variety of issues. No matter how it comes from, it can result in severe problems for the foundation and fixtures indoors. Wooden surfaces and drywall are susceptible to fungal growth after taking on water. If your property experiences water damage, get the experts from Paul Davis.

Preparing for the Professionals

Before a Paul Davis specialist appears, there are several things you can do to help make the process speed up. To salvage everything in your home from water damage, it’s crucial to act quickly.

Before starting, be sure your property is safe to enter. Power down all electronics and breakers around your home to avoid electrocution. This may sound overly cautious, but dampened appliances can be hazardous when exposed to water.

Salvaging Possessions and your Home

A severe home flood can leave everything damaged. To keep water damage from harming small possessions, remove them first. Level, flat areas are ideal for drying books, magazines and other paper materials. Small lamps, collectibles and additional display items should also be removed. Once you’ve moved small items, paper items and any other dampened materials, you can begin cleaning.

To begin the drying process, use fans and air conditioning in your home to channel air through the area. Leave the larger spills for the experts, but you can wipe and mop easier messes. Though you may want to try, you should not use a standard home vacuum cleaner to clean water. Improper use of these tools can be hazardous to you and harm the vacuum. When you’re ready to move furniture, stack furnishings such as sofas onto wooden and cement blocks to above them away from the wet areas.

Carpet and fabrics are typically heavy when exposed to water. The additional weight makes fur, rugs and leather goods hard to dry. If you have to move a carpet, proceed carefully. Hang draperies, clothing and other fabrics away from the flooded area to dry correctly. Pieces such as furniture might not be easily saved.

Your home’s foundation and floors aren’t impervious to water weight either. Ceilings and floors will warp when they absorb too much water weight, be sure to stay away from these hazards.

Paul Davis Restoration

Water damage is easy for the Paul Davis team. And with a little prep work from homeowners, we can get to work immediately. We know how to get your house back to normal efficiently and quickly. Our professionals are experienced and have worked with severe, moderate and small amounts of water damage in all types of home and commercial properties. Additionally, Paul Davis helps you with your insurance company to settle your claims promptly, so you can get life back to normal.