Water damages requires immediate attention to minimize further losses. In case a water damage occurs in your home or property try to locate the problem. By doing so you can help prevent further damages. Examples are turning off the water line for faucet, washing machine or dishwasher. Call a plumber if a plumbing repair is needed. Call a water damage clean up professional before you call your insurance company. Saying the wrong thing when you do call your insurance company could interfere with coverage for the damage. Then move to a room which is unaffected. The basic idea here is to Move and Protect your personal belongings and documents. Standing water and wet materials are a breeding ground for microorganisms, such as viruses, bacteria, and mold.
(Even the following tips in some cases will be bad advice. Call a water damage professional for an assessment to receive advice specific to your situation.)
Water Damage Tips
*Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping the area or using a wet/dry vacuum.
*Wipe as much excess water from wood furniture as you can and remove tabletop lamps and other items from the furniture.
*Close windows in the summer and open the windows in the winter to help with drying conditions.
*Remove any artwork and paintings from the walls if affected. *Remove any area rugs from the floor and hang to dry..
*Remove wet upholstery cushions from the frame and prop them up to dry.
*Place plastic or aluminum foil under any furniture legs that are not plastic to prevent discoloration or bleeding. *Punch tiny holes in a sagging ceiling to relieve trapped water make sure to place something underneath the holes beforehand to collect any trapped water.
*Make sure that electrical appliances are turned off while standing on wet carpets, floors or especially on wet concrete floors to prevent possible electrocution.
*Get help from a Professional for water damage restoration service.
*Report your damage to your insurance company, only after consulting with a water damage restorations company.
Hazards caused by a Water Damage in your Home
Growth of Mold
Mildew or Strong Mildew Smell
Unpleasant or Bad Indoor Air Quality
Growth of other kinds of Micro-Organisms
Remember that water which comes from outside of your home usually is not covered by your regular home insurance policy. It is always best to read and understand your policy. Optional flood damage insurance is available thru your insurance agent.
In cases of severe storms or hurricanes always be prepared.
Here are some Immediate Things that you might need .
* Handheld Radios and Batteries to listen for Warning Updates
* A Good Supply of Bottled Water
* Flashlights with Batteries
* Cell phones Fully Charged
* Jackets or Raincoats
The phone number of a good Water Damage Clean Up Company is Mr. Chem-Dry 801-298-8125