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4 Water Damage Restoration Tips For Homeowners

water damage restoration mcdonoughWater damage can be devastating, but you do have a few options. If you or someone you know has been affected by flooding or water damages there are steps to take first.

Water damage is a major problem, not only for renters but also for homeowners. Flooding and leaking pipes are among the top causes of water damage, caused by broken or malfunctioning appliances and plumbing systems. Whether you live in a home or an apartment, there’s a greater risk of water damage since it can strike at any time. Here are 4 water damage tips for homeowners.

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Respond quickly to damage

The very first thing you should know about water damage is to respond quickly. When water damage occurs, it’s important to start the drying process as soon possible to avoid further damage and mold growth. Use a wet vac to remove standing water. If you don’t have access to one, use fans or other available means of drying out the area. It’s also recommended that homeowners contact a professional if the water damaged area is large and will take more than just a day or two for drying out.

Turn off power to affected areas

If you haven’t already, the first thing to do is turn off the power to the affected area. If you can’t get to your breaker box safely or if there’s water damaged near any outlets, call an electrician right away. You should also turn off your gas if it’s safe to do so. Working with electricity and gas requires professional training, so even though we know you’re a pro at DIY, this is one job that calls for an expert.

If you’re still experiencing water damage issues after dealing with the situation on your own or calling a professional, contact your insurance company and ask them how they want to proceed in handling further repairs.

Extract standing water ASAP

If you’re currently dealing with an issue, make sure to extract standing water as soon as possible. While it may be tempting to wait until a professional arrives on the scene, this can lead to greater damage and a more costly (and time-consuming) repair. Instead, use a wet/dry vacuum or mop and bucket to remove any visible water from the area. If you don’t have either of these available, call a professional who can extract the water for you.

Once all the excess has been removed, open windows in your home to help air it out.

Call a professional for help

Water damage can be a tricky problem to tackle by yourself, but if you have the right equipment on hand, you can often solve the issue before things get out of control. That said, it is always wise to contact a professional to deal with your water damage situation as quickly as possible. A professional will be able to help prevent further damage and even work with your insurance company. They may also help fix other issues that are related to water damage such as mold or sewage. If you are dealing with these types of problems, look for an emergency service that has experience in handling them and make sure they will be able to remove any standing sewage or contaminated water.

As water damage restoration experts, we’ve seen it all before. Whether it’s a broken toilet, a flooded basement or a leaking roof, it can occur for a variety of reasons. Thankfully, there are ways to minimize the damage that these events cause so you can get back to living your life in short order. For example, if you experience flooding that comes from the roof or the plumbing system, be sure to turn off the main water valve as soon as possible. This will reduce the possibility or further damage. If you see standing water anywhere in your home, contact Restoration 1 of McDonough immediately to begin the cleanup and restoration process.

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