What should I do immediately after water damage?

After Water Damage

Water damage can be devastating. It can have several repercussions on your property if it’s not dealt with immediately. Depending on the level of damage, you may need to replace floorboards, tear down your walls, replace sidings, or even completely redo your basement. Water damage repair is vital, whether the damage occurred due to broken pipes, leaking appliances, sewer backups, or flooding.  

One of the most noticeable side effects of extensive water damage to your home is the development and growth of mold. Mold thrives in the presence of moisture and can start growing and spreading in as little as 24 hours. Besides mold, water damage can significantly compromise the structural integrity of your property and cause severe safety hazards for the homeowner. That is why quickly responding to water damage can be crucial in safeguarding your property and well-being.  

What You Must Do Immediately After Water Damage 

When dealing with water damage, your primary objective should be to find the source of the leak to stop any further damage. Once you have dealt with and stopped the leak, you can essentially halt any further damage. However, you should call a professional after you’ve taken these steps as they are trained to deal with water damage restoration, to repair and renovate your home back to its former condition. You should now worry about the water damage repair cost as it is a mere fraction of what you stand to lose if you do not hire professionals. 

Here are 10 (ten) steps you should follow (in detail) after your property suffers water damage. 

  • Find the Source 

Locating the source of the additional water or moisture can help you stop further damage. In case the cause of the damage isn’t clear, you should closely examine the walls and ceilings for any wet spots or signs of water stains. Additionally, checking your pipes and plumbing fixtures helps you find the most common source of water. If your walls or ceilings have any outlets, you should check if they are wet. Sometimes, finding the source of a leak is not easy. In such cases, you should contact a local plumber or local water damage repair professional to help you find the origin of your water damage. 

  • Contact Your Insurance Provider 

Your home insurance provider may have varying policies, but once you contact them, they will send a representative to assess the damage and determine if it falls under coverage. The best thing you can do in this stage is to document the values of each item you lost due to the damage and take as many pictures as possible, both before and after the cleanup. Doing so helps the representative to assess the level of damage in a more accurate way. You should be aware that not all insurance companies provide coverage for damage. 

  • Carefully Document the Extent of  Damage 

If any of your belongings and furniture got damaged in the flooding, make sure you have detailed pictures depicting the damage. From damaged walls, ceilings, and floors, to damaged appliances, clothing, and electronics, keep a detailed photo album of each object so you can share it with the insurance agent when they arrive for assessment. 

  • Protect Yourself and Your Appliances First 

One of the most vital steps you should take after a home disaster is to ensure that you are your family members are safe. You can do so by following these guidelines. 

  • Turning off the mains 

Turning off the power can protect you and your family members from any shock. Since electricity can quickly transfer through your flooded home, shutting off the power should be your primary priority. Furthermore, you should never re-enter a flooded home if the power has not been turned off. 

  • Using protective gear 

Your flooded home can be a safety hazard to anyone who enters it. Therefore, wearing essential protective gear like rubber boots and gloves can protect you from sustaining any injuries or infections due to the murky water. 

  • Protecting your valuables 

When your home gets flooded, carpets and furniture take the worst hits. If you can lift the furniture off the water level, you can protect them. You should also remove any carpets or rugs from your floor before they suffer extensive damage.  

  • Start Water Damage Repair Quickly 

Time is of the essence when it comes to water damage removal or repair. However, you must first document the damage before starting any repair work in order to make your insurance claiming process hassle-free. 

The damage repair or restoration can start 24 – 48 hours after clearance has been given to re-enter your property. However, in most cases of flooding, the damage is too extensive for it to be handled by a single person or a family. In such cases, your best bet is to hire a professional water damage restoration agency.  

You may also have to remove and replace the flooring, drywall, and insulation to protect your property from any potential mold or mildew growth. Any furniture that has been submerged may need to be dried out and cleaned, if possible.  

  • Dry Out Water and Moisture 

If you plan on starting the drying process on your own, you must always wear protective gear. Furthermore, you will have to carefully analyze what parts of a home are salvageable and what parts are too damaged and need to be thrown out. If your property has a lot of standing water, you can start by removing it using buckets and tubs. Once the standing water has been cleared, you must absorb any remaining water with the help of a mop. However, in order to completely remove all traces of moisture, you must use a wet-dry vacuum to extract any remaining water. This allows you to speed up the drying process if you pair it with a dehumidifier.  

  • Dealing with mold 

The most common sign of water damage is the development of mold. Since mold can develop within 24 hours of a flood, it can be challenging to remove. This is why water damage repair is all about time. The longer it takes for things to dry, the more prone they become to developing mold. Unless it is handled quickly, mold can spread to other areas of your home and compromise the structural integrity of your property.  

  • Deciding Whether You Need Professional Help 

Although we recommend hiring professional help, you may want to DIY it. In most cases of water damage, the flooring and the walls must be replaced, along with the furniture. Committing to extensive repairs yourself is not easy, and it can be detrimental in the long run. Hiring a professional is the ideal way to go about your home that requires repairs and restoration. 

What are the signs of water damage? 

Being able to tell whether the damage has been there for a long time or is relatively new can be very complicated. However, there are certain signs you can pay attention to that can help you tell them apart. 

New water damage signs can look like a dark water spot. It will not have any rings around it, and the surface will be wet but firm. This means that the water has not seeped all the way into the drywall, compromising its structural integrity. 

On the other hand, older water damage signs will be soft to the touch, and it can sometimes be squishy too. They usually have numerous rings around the water spot, signifying that the damage has been there for a while. If there is decay or mold around the site, the water damage has had time to deteriorate the spot and cause internal damage beyond the surface. 

The Bottom Line 

If you have encountered water damage in your home, time is the most valuable asset. You can follow the steps mentioned above to create a plan to help you claim insurance more easily. Furthermore, water damage repair is not something you can handle on your own. For your safety and the safety of your family members, you should leave water damage repair and restoration jobs in the capable hands of trained professionals.

This could be devastating. It can have several repercussions on your property if it’s not dealt with immediately. Depending on the level of damage, you may need to replace floorboards, tear down your walls, replace sidings, or even completely redo your basement. Damage repair is vital, whether the damage occurred due to broken pipes, leaking appliances, sewer backups, or flooding.  

One of the most noticeable side effects of extensive water damage to your home is the development and growth of mold. Mold thrives in the presence of moisture and can start growing and spreading in as little as 24 hours. Besides mold, water damage can significantly compromise the structural integrity of your property and cause severe safety hazards for the homeowner. That is why quickly responding to water damage can be crucial in safeguarding your property and well-being.  

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