Handling Water Damage
Flood damage in your home can stem from several issues. Wherever it begins, it can cause severe harm to the infrastructure and stability indoors. Porous surfaces like floors and walls are prone to harboring mold and mildew when water damage is left untreated. If your property takes on water damage, contact the professionals at Paul Davis of Rock Hill.
Before We Arrive
There are several ways to prepare your home before Paul Davis restoration professionals arrive. To salvage everything in your home from water damage, it’s crucial to act quickly.
The first step to take is to evaluate the safety of your property. We all know that water and electricity are hazardous together, so look for electrical hazards around your home before you start cleaning. Bare wires or wet electronics can present a problem, even when they have been turned off. Power off all breakers and circuits to avoid electrocution and ensure total safety.
First Things First
A severe home flood can leave everything soaked. Relocate all your small possessions to prevent increased water damage. Use a dry, level area to put books, magazines and other paper items. Books and other inked items should be placed on a dry, level area. Lamps, collectibles and any other display items should also be removed. Once you’ve removed handheld items, paper items and other dampened materials, you can begin cleaning.
Fans and air conditioning move air through your home and begin drying the area. Leave the big messes for the experts, however, you can wipe and mop surface spots. Though you may want to try, you should never use a regular home vacuum cleaner to clean water. These appliances aren’t designed to suck up bodies of water. When you’re ready to move furniture, raise up larger pieces such as sofas and heavy chairs using wooden and cement blocks to elevate them above the floor.
Carpet and fabrics are very heavy when soaked. All that extra weight makes rugs, leather goods and fur difficult to lift. This means when you have to remove a rug, lift with caution. Hang draperies, clothing and other fabrics away from the wet area to dry thoroughly. Depending on how much water damage your home takes on, you might not be able to salvage every piece of fabric you own.
The same water weight that damages rugs and carpets can hurt your home’s structure. Floors and ceilings might bow when they absorb too much water weight, be sure to stay away from these areas.
Why You Should Call Paul
Paul Davis technicians are experts on water damage. They can treat your home more effectively with a little prep work from you. We can return your property back to normal safely and quickly. Our technicians are knowledgeable and have worked with severe, moderate and small amounts of water damage in different kinds of residential and commercial properties. Additionally, Paul Davis works with your insurance company to settle your claims effectively, so you can get life back to normal.