Water damage can be overwhelming, especially when it happens to your home. Many home and business owners don’t know where to begin with the clean up process, what hazards there may be, and who to call for help. Water can continue to cause damage until it has been removed and the area has been dried. Prompt action is necessary to reduce the affects of water damage.
Preparing for Water Damage
While there are steps you can take to reduce the affects of damage in the event of unwanted water. By taking some steps now you can help prevent a bad situation from getting worse. Research ahead of time and create a list of trusted restoration services in the area, such as RestorePro, and keep the information in a safe place for later reference.
It is also imperative that you know where the emergency water shut off is located and also where the electrical and gas line shut offs are. This will allow you to immediately shut off the water, electrical, and gas supplies thereby preventing further damage.
Safety Tips for Entering a Flooded Building
If your property has flooded make sure you use extra caution prior to entering the building. Do not attempt to enter a flooded building unless it is safe. Take stock of the potential structural damage, possible furniture that has moved or fallen over, or that may be at risk of falling over.
Make sure that you always turn off electricity to the entire building before entering it. Do not attempt to use any lights, electrical outlets, or appliances in order to avoid electrocution and other injuries.
It is also important to note that flood waters are not always clean, in fact, often times they can contain harmful pathogens and/ or bacteria. Always take steps to ensure your personal health and well being when entering a flooded area. Try to avoid all direct contact with flood waters, especially contaminated flood water by using protective equipment.
Extracting Flood Water
Once it is safe to do so you can begin extracting the flood waters. At RestorePro we use state of the art equipment to remove the unwanted water quickly and completely. We also offer comprehensive drying services that will completely treat the affected areas.
Also make sure to move items that have not been damaged by the flooding and move the damp or wet items to another area outside so that they can dry. As water damage experts RestorePro will help you move these items and also use moisture detectors to identify hidden areas of water such as behind walls and underneath floors.
It is imperative to remember that any in flooding issue that there can be new hazards that you may not see or expect. Flood waters often introduce pests, pathogens, and bacteria to your property. Furniture can also be moved or hidden beneath the unwanted water. This can make it difficult to navigate through your property. In the event that you are unsure if it is safe to enter your property call the professionals at RestorePro for complete water damage and restoration services.
We have been helping homes suffering from water damage for nearly two decades! If your home is in need of water damage repair or restoration give us a call at 1-800-847-0114 or check us out on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RestorePro911. Our trained professionals are prepared to help you and your family save your home and your peace of mind!