What to Do if You Have Water Damage
Although it seems like it will never happen to us, the harsh reality is that 1 in 50 homeowners will have water- or freezing-related damages each year. Yet many of us are unprepared when rain intrudes our basement or our water heater bursts. Fortunately, as disaster restoration experts, we’re here to lay out exactly what you should do.
- Address the water source. One of the first things you should do after discovering water damage is to address the water source. Even if you were to address the damage, if the root of the problem is not addressed, the damage will only return. In some cases, this may require a plumber or some other expert. In any event, if there’s flooding, first be sure to shut the power off in the affected rooms!
- Call your local disaster restoration company. Once the source of the problem is addressed, you should contact your local disaster restoration company. They will extract water and speed up the drying process to help you get your home back to normal and to prevent mold growth. The faster they are called, the better!
- Contact your insurance. Though you may decide to pay out-of-pocket, if you think you’ll need your insurance, it’s a great idea to contact them. They will be able to connect you with resources and guide you through the process as you reclaim your home!
- Begin extracting water. Even though a disaster restoration company is on the way, the faster you can address water damage, the better. Whether you have to use buckets or some other container, it’s a great idea to begin removing the water from your house. Once the experts arrive, they’ll take over from there.
Water damage is stress-inducing, but it’s not the end of the world. If you follow the above steps and work with the involved parties, you can get back your home and your life back to normal.