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What To Do If You Have Water Damage In Your Home


The longer you leave water damage untreated, the more damage it will actually do to your property. This is why it is important that you know what steps you should take if you have water damage in your home. Taking these steps should hopefully minimize the damage and ensure that the restoration process goes smoothly.

Contact Your Insurance Company

You should not have anything done to your home until after you have contacted your insurance company. If there is anything that you need to move such as appliances or valuables, you need to document it first. Pictures and videos should be taken of the property before you move anything to provide evidence. Your insurance company will send a water remediation expert to assess the property before they process your claim.

Contact The Correct Specialists

After contacting your insurance company, you will need to contact a water damage remediation specialist as soon as possible. These specialists will be able to assess the damage to your home, remove all of the damaged contents and start the process of drying everything out. Once everything in your home has been dried, you should look at getting a mold remediation specialist in as well.

Getting the mold remediation specialist is important because you need to ensure that no mold or mildew has formed during the drying process. If there is mold, this will need to be removed before you can start repairing any of the water damage. Rushing these steps can cause problems in the future that you will want to avoid.

Do Not Deal With Mold On Your Own

A lot of homeowners make the mistake of trying to deal with the mold on their own. Some of them do this to save money while others feel they have the knowledge to do this. This is not recommended, but if you are going to try dealing with mold on your own you need to be careful. The more you disturb the mold in your home, the greater the chance that it spreads to other areas and becomes a hazard to your health and the health of anyone living in the property.

Turn Off The Power

If you have any water damage in your property, you need to turn off the power. Water is able to conduct electrical currents and this will make it dangerous. If you have live electrical sockets touching damp furnishings, you could be electrocuted when you touch the furnishings. It is recommended that you turn off the power to the entire house as you should not be living in it while dealing with water damage.

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What To Do If You Have Water Damage In Your Home
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The longer you leave water damage untreated, the more damage it will actually do to your property. This is why it is important that you know what steps you should take if you have water damage in your home. Taking these steps should hopefully minimize the damage and ensure that the restoration process goes smoothly. Contact Your Insurance Company You should not have anything done to your home until after you have contacted your insurance company. If there is anything that you need to move such as appliances or valuables, you need to document it first. Pictures and videos should be taken of the property before you move anything to provide evidence. Your insurance company will send a water remediation expert to assess the property before they process your claim. Contact The Correct Specialists After contacting your insurance company, you will need to contact a water damage remediation specialist as soon as possible. These specialists will be able to assess the damage to your home, remove all of the damaged contents and start the process of drying everything out. Once everything in your home has been dried, you should look at getting a mold remediation specialist in as well. Getting the mold remediation specialist is important because you need to ensure that no mold or mildew has formed during the drying process. If there is mold, this will need to be removed before you can start repairing any of the water damage. Rushing these steps can cause problems in the future that you will want to avoid. Do Not Deal With Mold On Your Own A lot of homeowners make the mistake of trying to deal with the mold on their own. Some of them do this to save money while others feel they have the knowledge to do this. This is not recommended, but if you are going to try dealing with mold on your own you need to be careful. The more you disturb the mold in your home, the greater the chance that it spreads to other areas and becomes a hazard to your health and the health of anyone living in the property. Turn Off The Power If you have any water damage in your property, you need to turn off the power. Water is able to conduct electrical currents and this will make it dangerous. If you have live electrical sockets touching damp furnishings, you could be electrocuted when you touch the furnishings. It is recommended that you turn off the power to the entire house as you should not be living in it while dealing with water damage.
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