Jun
26

Residential Water Damage: How To Take Back Your Home

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Water damage doesn’t just appear out of nowhere.

It builds overtime and in some cases can go virtually unnoticed. Whether you’re dealing with flood damage or leaky pipes, there are steps you can take in order to ensure your home isn’t completely destroyed by water damage. If you’re a homeowner in an area with a high flood risk, you’ve likely already experienced the mess and devastation a flood can leave in its wake. Perhaps you’ve experienced flooding in your own home and are looking to repair the damage.
We’ve compiled a list of tips to help you clean up the mess and get back your sanity.

First of all, you want to find the source of the water.

Whether it’s a leak or flooding due to a storm, you want to stop it from causing more damage. If you found the source of the leak, you should shut it off. Don’t take even the tiniest droplet of water for granted. Even a small drop can be absorbed into a crack in the wall to cause insurmountable damage. It’s for this reason that even the smallest amount of water damage should be included in your insurance claim. You need to be aware of how your claim will be viewed by the insurance company. Take plenty of photos and don’t leave anything out in your report. Some companies will not pay if they’ve attributed the damage to your own negligence.

After you’ve contacted your insurance agent, you’ll want to move any unaffected furniture and valuables to a safe place in the home.
If it’s not too dangerous, you can use a wet vac to suck up the water and dump it down a storm drain. If you don’t have a wet vac or you can’t guarantee your own safety, you are urged to seek professional help.
In the case of basement flooding, you should cut off electricity and gas immediately.
This ensures that you won’t fall victim to a nasty electric shock.

If your carpets or hardwood floors have been affected, you’ll want to cut them away and throw them outside to prevent mold and mildew from accumulating. This also prevents damage from occurring to unaffected areas nearby.
You’ll also want to remove any wet baseboards or kick plates to prevent further damage to your home’s structure.
If possible, open your windows and aim your fans at any wet spots to speed up the drying process.
Hold off on cleaning any furniture or belongings until it’s been authorized by an insurance agent.

Lastly, once all water and damaged materials have been removed from your home, disinfect walls and surfaces of your home. Once you’ve been cleared by your insurance agent, you’ll be ready to get started on the repairs.

Please also reference out water damage friends at Allied Restoration Inc. in Minnesota.

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