Water is everywhere it doesn’t belong. Now, what to do?
Damage to a home or property is rarely something we can prepare for. Preventing the unexpected is nearly impossible. Apart from emergency kits and evacuation plans necessary to keep a household safe, there are few advance steps we can take to anticipate sudden damage.
But, we can be knowledgeable about what to do in the aftermath of water flooding our home.
No one expects to return from vacation to find a laundry room, bathroom or kitchen pooling with water. Therefore, when water strikes, next steps matter. We have to quickly determine which professionals to call for help and how to manage the problem.
Water damage is a unique challenge. It’s not just about cleaning up the visible water but identifying the source, determining water quality, and restoring the property to a safe environment.
Here are some key steps you can take if you discover water in your home:
- Act immediately to identify the source of the water.
- Remove as much standing water as possible and attempt to aerate the space.
- Open doors and windows to help reduce humidity.
- Notify your insurance carrier.
- Seek professional help to prevent mold, especially if water has potentially damaged wood sub floors or wall cavities.
- Remember that professional water damage services are a covered peril, and many policies provide limited coverage for mold remediation.
Be sure to review your policy with your insurance provider and follow the above steps. Acting quickly is the first line of defense in preventing further unnecessary damage to the property.
After taking steps to halt the problem, contacting a restoration professional is key in determining the best plan to restore your property. There are different water categories (1,2, & 3) and category 3 water damage is a level that can contain harmful agents, especially if sewage water or toilet backflows are involved. In the event of category 3 water damage, you’ll want to consult with professionals who can employ antimicrobial cleaning agents to ensure toxic elements are removed from your home.
You cannot prevent the unknown but you can prepare how to respond. Knowing what to do is half the battle in resolving any issue, especially property damage.
So, know who to call, us at Restoration Management Company. We’ll help with the second half of the battle – eliminating the problem and restoring your property.