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Staying Safe When You Discover Water Damage In Your Home

4/26/2017 (Permalink)

Staying Safe When You Discover Water Damage In Your Home

A home or business that's been damaged by water can be very difficult to clean up. Most times water damage is very unexpected and while you can't always be prepared for it, there are tips you can follow that can make mitigation much easier. But when it comes to the water damage restoration process itself you should let only a professional water cleanup company handle that as they are trained in safety and cleanup efficiency.

The first step is to pay attention to any areas of your home or business that seem to be even a little damp. If you've noticed puddles on the floor, any drips no matter how small coming from the ceilings, wet spots on the walls or mold gathering anywhere you need to act immediately. Maybe you're worried about calling a water cleanup company because you think it will be too much money to fix the problem, but the truth is as more water in your home or water in your business accumulates from leaks the more prone your home's structure will be to major damage. You don't want to get injured from a floor or ceiling that collapses or breathe the fumes of toxins caused by flood damage.

Second, you should open any windows or outdoor vents in your home that could help with drying and air movement in areas where flooring or appliances have been subjected to flood damage. You should not attempt to dry out water in your home or water in your business by turning on the building's central heating, using space heaters or hair dryers as that could create a hazardous situation. You also shouldn't attempt to unplug appliances or cut off electric circuit breakers if water damage has affected the area around them. If the flood damage is very severe and you notice any strange smells, you should probably evacuate your home immediately.

It's good to find a reputable water damage restoration company that can speed up the mitigation process. You should look for a company that has positive reviews, is certified in water damage restoration and uses professional tools for maximum drying and air movement. When you have too much water in your home or water in your business the water cleanup company might be able to recommend a removal process for your belongings, and some companies are also connected to a repair companies for special items such as electronics and appliances need repairs after drying.

Water damage mitigation could take a few hours or a few days depending on the extent of the mess, but usually once there's been adequate drying and proper air movement the flood damage company will disinfect and remove mold plus dehumidify areas where there was water in a home or water in a business. Some areas such as dark corners of basements or attics may need additional air movement due to mold collecting in greater quantities in those areas. Water cleanup and flood mitigation are never easy to deal with, but staying calm and calling the right water damage restoration company is always the best first step in addressing water damage. Visit http://www.SERVPROnesaltlakecityparkcity.com for more information on water damage.