Water damage can occur at any point in time. It can be dangerous for the house as well as for you. A water damaged home can affect the structure of the house if it remains undetected for a long time. It can occur if you are having some internal leakage in a pipe, a broken or cracked pipe, or if the area has flooded. The situation can create panic and you may even feel distressed that what you should do. Moreover, if the situation is not tackled within the first 24-48 hours it can cause major damage to the internal as well as external material. But do not worry we have covered everything for you. This blog talks about the restoration process for a water damaged home.
1) Contacting you Insurance Company
It is essential to have an insurance policy so that it can cover such losses for you. As soon as the situation is better to call your insurance company and explain to them in detail about the situation. They will ask you several questions, such as about the area, the type of damage that occurred, etc. Listen to them carefully and adhere to the guidelines given by them.
Keep a check of the required documents which you will require as specific to the company and keep them ready for further process. Record the area before cleaning and restoring the water damaged home. They will act as evidence about the damage occur and will fetch you the claim.
The insurance company will send an adjuster to review the condition and determine what all losses can be covered. Submit the document quickly so that you can move ahead in the process.
2) Keep yourself safe
If your home has been flooded or there is an excess of standing water in the place, they cannot roam around your house. There can be open electrical wire which may give you a shock. Immediately turn off all the switches and if possible close the main supply so that there is no chance of getting yourself electrocuted.
In case the water is entering because of some broken pipe or leakage then close the main inlet of the water immediately so that the water does not fill the place. If a flood has occurred in the area, then do not jump in the flood water as floodwater is mixed with debris, sewage, and many other contaminants due to which you may catch in infection if proper precautions are not kept in mind. Keep yourself safe until help arrives for you in case of adverse conditions.
3) Start repairing the water damaged home
It is always advisable to start repairing the place with the first 24-48 hours to avoid any major damage further. Depending on the damage you can hire a professional water damage company in your area which have professional experience in water restoration.
If the damage is high, then you may even need to relocate yourself to some other place until your home is rectified.
Do not hire a company without carrying proper research. Enquire the company about the past projects, check testimonials, ask for previous clients whom they have worked, check the pricing and the services covered by them. Once you have done this you start the restoration.
4) Dry the place completely
It is important to dry the place once the water has been drained from the premises. This is essential as damp places with a lot of water are ideal places for the growth of mold and mildew. Mold can be dangerous as it thrives on such material and decays it. They are very harmful to us as they can cause many nasal and skin infections. In adverse scenarios, they can even cause asthma thus it is important to remove the water immediately.
Timely drying of place can even prevent other goods from getting perished away. Install dehumidifiers and open all the fans in the place. Keep the windows open for the air to blow inside and outside.
If you have a centralized heating and cooling system, then open it as it will speed up the process to a large extend.
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Hope this will help you in restoring your home. Once your home is repaired and restored then you can move back in. If possible, hire a professional service as they reduce the burden and make your work easier.