Water damage emergencies always happen when people least expect them. Fortunately, they can prepare before emergencies arise by learning what to do and what not to do during the immediate fallout. The restoration team at Pride Cleaning & Restoration keeps homeowners informed about the best course of action to minimize damage and protect both belongings and property.
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Immediately Following The Water Disaster
Water emergencies like burst pipes or storm floods can occur at any time. Even homes with the most recent plumbing systems or secure positions aren’t immune to wet disasters. When a homeowner finds themselves ankle-deep in water, they should take the following precautions.
- Call emergency services if necessary. Then call trusted restoration professionals for assistance.
- If they have a burst pipe or other plumbing emergency, they should turn off the property’s water supply.
- Consider the water’s source. Water that originates from storm floods or sewage systems is unsafe. Do not touch anything and leave the area if the water supply is unsanitary.
- Take photos for the insurance company. Documentation will help to achieve generous coverage for the mitigation process.
- Remove important items like documents and IDs if the water comes from a typical burst pipe.
Before Professionals Arrive on the Scene
After following the above steps, take a few notes to help the restoration team better understand the situation and act accordingly.
- Describe the water’s depth. Does it come up to the ankle, knee, or higher?
- Identify the affected areas and the water’s origin. Did the flood come from the bathroom, kitchen, or underneath a door?
- Describe how much area the water covers in the home.
After Professionals Arrive on the Scene
Once restoration professionals arrive at the property, describe the above information to them. They can use that information to help classify the type of water damage and choose the best action to take during the water mitigation process. They’ll then enter the home and examine the type of water and locate the areas where standing water still remains.
After receiving the go-ahead from them, commence with the following actions.
- Make lists of all items that sustained damage beyond repair for future records and insurance claims.
- Remove any other salvageable items left behind if applicable.
- Wipe down all wet surfaces with an absorbent cloth to minimize moisture exposure.
- Remove items made from fabric materials such as loose laundry, rugs, and upholstery.
- Mop any wet floors.
- Locate and secure any loose items in the area.
During the Water Mitigation Process
Water mitigation and restoration is an ongoing process that can take anywhere from a few days to several weeks depending on the damage level. During that time, homeowners should work closely with their restoration provider to keep their insurance company in the loop and manage their properties and belongings.
- Find a temporary place to stay until the restoration company completes the services.
- Check in daily to remove and handle any salvageable belongings.
- Stay in the know about what the restoration team needs to do to make the home inhabitable again.
- Keep the air conditioner going throughout this time to speed up the drying and cleaning process.
- Remember to allot some time to decompress and process this process. Water damage emergencies can be traumatic for some people. Taking the time to relax can make all the difference.
What to Avoid
As with all emergency situations, avoid things that may hamper or thwart the restoration process.
- Don’t leave fabric or colored materials on the ground. Wet fabric is a breeding ground for bacteria and mold. Colored materials can stain floors.
- Don’t try to salvage an item labeled unsalvageable by the restoration company. Many people struggle to let certain objects go. However, even seemingly intact objects can harbor mold or bacteria that can threaten one’s health.
- Don’t enter water-covered areas if the water came from storm drainage or sewage systems. Even breathing in the moisture can cause illness.
- Don’t stress or forget to take a moment to process events. Water damage emergencies put many people under pressure. They’ll be more productive and conducive to the process if they get some rest.
Trust Pride Cleaning & Restoration for Peace of Mind Following An Emergency
The water mitigation and restoration process is a stressful event. But property owners can make it less stressful by choosing Pride Cleaning & Restoration. They specialize in helping clients make a smooth transition from an unpredictable, wet mess to a fully restored home.
Call 314-668-1223 to learn more about their services, or contact us via our online form.