Responding to Water Damage
Water damage in your home can stem from several sources. No matter where it starts, it can cause serious problems for the infrastructure and stability indoors. Wooden surfaces and drywall are especially vulnerable to mold and mildew growth if neglected after water damage. Paul Davis specialists of Athens are the experts to talk to when your property needs water damage restoration.
Before the Pros Arrive
It can be hard not to try and fix the flooding yourself. That said, it’s best to leave the work up to the specialists. However, there are some things you can do before the Paul Davis crew arrives. You need to act quickly to save everything in your home from water damage.
First, make sure your property is safe to work in. Deactivate all electronics and breakers around your home to avoid electrocution. It may sound overly cautious, but damaged appliances can be harmful when exposed to water.
Salvaging Possessions & your Home
Water gets into everything. Relocate all your smaller possessions to deter further water damage. Paper and inked items like newspapers need a flat, dry surface. Small lamps, knickknacks and other tabletop items should also be removed. The real work begins when you’ve removed newspapers and other small items.
Circulate air through your home using fans to dry. Soak up water from wood furniture or smaller surfaces. Though you may want to try, you should never use a regular home vacuum to clean water. The average vacuum isn’t designed to clean up pools of water. When you’re ready to move furniture, raise up larger pieces such as sofas onto wooden and cement blocks to elevate them off the wet areas.
Fabrics and carpet become heavier when wet. All that additional weight makes rugs, leather goods and fur difficult to lift. This means when you need to move a rug, lift with caution. Hang clothing, draperies and other fabrics away from the wet area to dry thoroughly. Keep in mind that water damage can affect such items permanently, so you may not be able to save them.
Water damages your home’s structure in a similar way it affects carpets and rugs. Because of this, do not go near sagging ceilings or warped floors. Areas like these have likely absorbed large amounts of water and could fall under weight.
Why Call Paul?
Professionals from Paul Davis know water damage With a little professionals arrive speeds up the restoration process. We know how to restore your home back to normal safely and quickly. Our professionals are experienced and have worked with severe, moderate and small amounts of water damage in a range of residential and commercial properties. Furthermore, Paul Davis will work with your insurance company to settle your claims effectively, so you can get life back to normal.