Water Damage in your Home

From malfunctioning dishwashers to broken pipes, water damage changes in source and scale. If left unchecked, water damage can harm the structure of your property. Floors, walls and other surfaces are especially vulnerable to fungal growth if untreated after water damage. If your property takes on water damage, get the professionals from Paul Davis.

Before the Pros Arrive

Before a Paul Davis pro arrives, there are different steps you can do to make the job faster. From the floors, walls, ceiling, and your favorite things, it’s essential to work quickly to prevent water damage in your home.

First, assess the any hazards in your property. It’s no secret that water and electricity are a hazardous combo, so look for electrical hazards on the premises before you start cleanup. Even when turned off, exposed wiring or damp electronics can pose a danger. Shut down all breakers and circuits to avoid electrocution and ensure total safety.

Getting Started

Water leaks into everything. To keep water damage from harming small items, move them them before large furniture. Paper and inked things like books need a stable, dry surface. Don’t forget lamps and other shelf items either. The big work begins when you’ve moved books and other small items.

To start the drying process, try using fans and your home’s AC throughout your home to circulate air throughout the area. Leave the big messes for the professionals, however, you can wipe or mop easier spots. Though you may want to try, never use a standard home vacuum to remove water. This can damage the vacuum and harm you if incorrectly used. If your furniture has been affected, use wooden and cement blocks to elevate heavy chairs and sofas off the floor.

Water adds weight to surfaces, carpets, and fabrics. All that extra weight makes leather goods, fur and rugs hard to lift. This means when you need to remove a rug, proceed with caution. Hang clothing, draperies and other fabrics away from the soaked area to dry correctly. Keep in mind that water damage can affect these items permanently, so you may not be able to salvage them.

In severe flooding cases, the extra water weight can affect the foundation of your home. Because of this, avoid drooping ceilings or bowed floors. These areas have likely absorbed the most water and could collapse around you.

Paul Davis Restoration

Water damage is no match for the Paul Davis team. But with a little prep work from our customers, the water damage will be removed more quickly. We work hard to get your home back to normal efficiently and quickly. Our technicians have restored a variety of flood conditions in all kinds of residential and commercial properties. Furthermore, Paul Davis negotiates with your insurance company to settle your claims quickly, so you can get life back to normal.