Actions to Take Immediately After Water Damage
Water damage can strike your home or business at any time and do severe damage, affecting your building from the inside out. Mold can start growing in as little as 24 hours. Whether you are dealing with broken pipes or something more serious issues like sewer backups and flooded basements, it’s important to act quickly to restore your home to normal and prevent additional damage.
Call Your Insurance Company
One of the most important things after water, mold, or fire damage is to contact your home insurance company. They will send over an adjuster to look at the damage and assess if it is covered under your policy. Don’t forget to document and take pictures of all the damage, whether the damage is large or small. The more evidence you can provide of the damage, the stronger your case will be.
Start the Drying Process
Excessive moisture can also lead to potential health hazards such as poor indoor air quality and mold contamination. Depending on the severity, you may be able to sweep a large amount of water out with a brush. In other cases, you may need an electric pump. There are other things you can do to stay safe as well:
- Turn off the power while you dry the area
- Wear protective clothing like rubber boots and gloves around wet areas
Start Water Damage Restoration
The damage worsens with time, and prompt action by an experienced restoration company can make the difference in how extreme your loss will be. Water damage is progressive and can cause corrosion, discoloration, warping, and splitting of building materials. Water damage restoration should start 24-48 hours after you’ve been cleared to re-enter your home.
Our trained specialists at Duraclean can assess the situation, document the damage, stabilize the structure and perform service as needed to return your property to the pre-damage level.
Call Plumbing and HVAC Contractors
With a flooded basement, the damage could be done to your heating and cooling equipment. Never attempt to fix your heating or cooling equipment yourself. Instead, call in the professionals who will be able to perform repair work on your flooded system or replace damaged units with new equipment and parts.
Call Duraclean for Water Damage Mitigation and Restoration
Duraclean can respond 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and has the equipment, the experience, and resources to handle any type and any size water damage situation. From a broken pipe, appliance malfunction, sewage backup, water left from a fire, or flooding from a natural disaster, we follow industry standards to aggressively dry, deodorize, and disinfect the affected areas, while restoring your property to its original condition. Contact us today.