Flood and Water Damage Treatments
Flood damage at home can come from several sources. Wherever it starts, it can cause serious problems for the foundation and stability inside. Wooden surfaces and drywall are susceptible to harboring mold and mildew after covered in water. The Paul Davis specialists are the experts to reach when your home or business needs water damage restoration.
Preparing for the Experts
It can be tempting to try and remedy the water damage yourself. That said, we recommend leaving the job up to the professionals. However, there are some ways to clean before the Paul Davis crew arrives. You need to act quickly to save the possessions in your home from water damage.
The first step to take is to assess the any hazards in your property. It’s no secret that water and electricity are a hazardous combination, so search for electrical hazards on the premises before you begin cleanup. Bare wires or damp electronics can pose a hazard, even when appliances have been shut off. Shut down all breakers and circuits to avoid electrocution and ensure total safety.
First Things First
Water leaks into everything. As soon as your property is safe to enter, move all your possessions. Use a dry, flat surface to set books, magazines and other paper things. Books and any inked items should be placed on a dry, flat surface. Don’t forget light fixtures and other shelf items either. Once you’ve removed handheld items, books and any other dampened materials, you can begin cleaning.
Circulate air through your property using air conditioning to dry your furniture and other possessions. Soak up all minor puddles and sitting water with a wet mop or towels. Though you may want to try, you should not use a regular home vacuum cleaner to clean water. Improper use of these appliances can be hazardous to you and harm the vacuum. When you’re ready to move furniture, stack seating such as sofas onto wooden or cement blocks to elevate them away from the wet areas.
Carpet and fabrics are quite heavy when wet. All that extra weight makes leather goods, fur and rugs difficult to dry. If you must move a large fabric item, lift carefully. Hang draperies, clothing and other fabrics away from the affected area to dry correctly. Keep in mind that water damage can affect such items permanently, so you might not be able to save them.
The same water weight that damages carpets and rugs can damage your home’s structure. Ceilings and floors can bend when they absorb too much water weight, be sure to stay away from these hazards.
Why Paul Davis?
Specialists from Paul Davis are experienced with flooding. And with a some help from you, we can begin working immediately. We know how to return your house back to normal safely and quickly. Our technicians are experienced and have worked with all types of water damage in all kinds of home and business properties. Furthermore, Paul Davis helps you with your insurance company to settle your claims effectively, so you can return to normal.