Storm season can wreak havoc on yards and homes but the hardest hit part of the house is often the basement or crawl space when storm and flood waters flow in. In addition to storms and spring flooding, burst plumbing is another culprit when it comes to home water damage.
Here are our top tips when dealing with water damage:
1. Safety first! Always put safety ahead of cleanup work. Never go into an area with standing water unless the electricity has been turned off first.
2. Water damage can be overwhelming to deal with. Contact a reputable emergency plumbing service to help you with drying things out and assess what further action needs to be taken. Plumbing contractors such as the experts at Drain Genie will have all of the necessary equipment and training to tackle the restoration and repair of your home, including the removal of mold.
3. No matter the source of the water, when dealing with water damage, it is important to act quickly. Mold can begin to grow both in visible and hidden locations within 48 hours so your home and belongings need to be dried out before mold and rot make a bad situation worse.
4. Contact your insurance agent as soon as possible. They may need to assign an adjuster to you and have you file a claim. You will want to document everything, including the damage and the restoration work as it proceeds. Take photos and video if possible.
The process of restoration after water damage can be quite daunting. By enlisting the help of your local home improvement expert or plumbing company early on, you can save yourself a lot of headaches down the road.
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