Water damage can be cause from many things, from a flood, to a severe storm damaging your roof, burst pipes, foundation leaks, and even appliance malfunction. Regardless of the cause, when it comes to water clean up and water damage, you must deal with it quickly. You have about a 48 hour window to deal with the mess. Under ideal conditions that window may go as far as 72 hours but that is unlikely. The longer the water is allowed to sit, the more damage will be done.
The sheer amount of damage that water can cause is extensive, and over time it will get just get worse. Following any type of water damage on your property, residential or commercial, water damage restoration is going to be your first and primary concern.
You do want to do the following:
• Make sure the water has stopped flowing inside of your home or business.
• Turn off any circuit breakers to any water logged areas. If your circuit breaker box is in a water logged area, contact a professional right away, do not attempt to reach the box on your own. Unplug anything in water logged areas after the circuit breakers are turned off.
• Open your doors and windows. Get air flowing inside your home. Use any dehumidifiers you may have. Consider renting air movers and industrial strength dehumidifiers. Air flow is crucial after a water disaster inside your home or business.
• Do consider using a sump pump to pump out water from any flooded area. A sump pump can be submerged into the water and quickly pump out the water via a hose or a pipe to the outside or sewer line.
• Do act quickly. Mold needs only a 48 hour window to take a firm hold of your home.
• Do contact your insurance agency to see if any of your damages are covered. if it is water that comes down, such as rain water that has caused your damage, you may be covered totally or partly for any damages that you have sustained. If you have a flood rider you may be covered for all damage completely.
• Do contact a professional if you lack the experience, equipment or expertise to finish the job with in 48 hours.Professional water damage clean up and restoration professionals are fully equipped to deal with any water damage and clean up, and are trained to prevent further damage not only to your building materials but also your personal possessions and inventory.
• Do be aware that flood water and any water from a sewer back flow can have deadly contaminants in it. Take all necessary precautions when dealing with flood water.
Things you should not do include:
• Do not use a wet vac in flooded areas, you will have a great risk of deadly electric shock. If you are ever in doubt as to if it is safe to use an electrical device following water damage, do not use it, contact a professional.
• Do not change the temperature inside. Your HVAC may be damaged and turning it on could cause further damages. Also changing the temperature could cause mold to grow. Contact a professional before attempting to do this.
If your home is damaged by water or requires extensive clean up, consider using a professional. You have a roughly 48 hour window to get all of the water cleaned up to avoid mold and permanent damage to your structure and contents. If you do decide to use a professional look for one that is IICRC certified and in good standing with the Better Business Bureau. Look for reviews by others who have used their service before so that you know you are using a reliable service that has been in business long enough to have a record of success.