Water Damage in your Home

From broken appliances to leaky pipes, water damage changes in source and intensity. Wherever it starts, it can result in severe problems for the structure and stability inside. Floors, walls and other surfaces are especially vulnerable to fungal growth if neglected after water damage. The Paul Davis specialists are the experts to reach when your property needs water damage restoration.

Before the Pros Arrive

It can be tempting to try and fix the leak yourself. That said, we recommend leaving the heavy lifting up to the pros. However, there are some measures you can take before the restoration professionals arrive. To salvage everything on your property from water damage, it’s crucial to act quickly.

First you need to assess the condition of your property. It’s common knowledge that water and electricity are a hazardous combination, so inspect the area for electrical hazards nearby before you act. Uncovered wiring or damp electronics can present a hazard, even when they have been turned off. Power off all breakers and circuits to avoid electrocution and ensure total safety.

First Things First

Water can leak into everything. Once your house is safe to enter, remove all your possessions. Level, flat surfaces are ideal for drying books, magazines and other paper materials. This includes little tabletop items, such as lamps and knickknacks. The cleaning can begin as soon as you’ve moved paper material, small items and other dampened materials.

To dry your property, use several fans. Soak up water from wooden furniture and smaller surfaces. Though you may want to try, you should not use a standard home vacuum to clean water. The average vacuum isn’t equipped to clean up puddles of water. Once the room is clear of smaller items, use wooden and cement props to raise large furniture away from the the floor.

Fabrics and carpet are quite heavy when soaked. The extra weight makes rugs, leather goods and fur difficult to dry. If you must move a rug, lift carefully. Hang draperies, clothing and other fabrics away from the flooded area to dry thoroughly. Depending on the scale of water damage in your home, you might not be able to salvage every piece of fabric you own.

Your house’s foundation and floors aren’t impervious to water weight either. Ceilings and floors can warp when they take on water weight, it’s best to stay away from these hazards.

Why You Should Call Paul

Paul Davis professionals are experts on water damage. {And with a some help from homeowners, we can begin working immediately.} We work hard to get your property back to normal efficiently and quickly. Our experts have restored a variety of flood conditions in different types of residential and business properties. Additionally, Paul Davis works with your insurance company to settle your claims promptly, so you can return to normal.