Weather is changing in the world and the natural cataclysms like floods are happening more and more often. But flood is only one source of water damage. There are many common causes that contribute to the onset of water damage. These include foundation cracks, washing machines, leaking roofs, broken pipes or clogged toilet. There are natural causes of water damage to your structure like flooding, heavy rainfall, and street drain clogs. It’s nearly impossible to consider them all. Each situation is unique and requires special approach.
When water damage takes place it can often be difficult to remember what to do next. First of all turn off the electricity. Even if you feel the area is safe it is better to err on the side of caution. You should wait until a professional will evaluate the situation and make a right decision. The title for professionals who remove water is called Restoration Companies. Restoration companies are experts in drying structures after water damage, evaluating and drying walls, interior walls, floors and sub-floors.
To have less damage, try to stop the water. If at all possible attempt to stop more water from entering the home at the source. If your home is water damaged because of natural causes, a professional restoration expert will be the best adviser on next steps.
Try to move furniture, equipment and other items away from the water. If you are unable to remove furniture then contact a storage company and have it relocated while the water is extracted. Some items may not be restorable and will require appropriate disposal. If you aren’t sure, consult with a professional flood damage repair provider who will be able to assist in determining what can be fixed and what could be a potential health hazard, such a carriers of mold which is poses various health risks.
Flooding causes damage to many areas that will require repairs like cabinets, walls, floors and furniture frequently need extensive remediation after water damage takes place. Calling a carpet-cleaning expert to extract the water will not be enough. You will need to consult a restoration expert to provide reliable and accurate advice
Extensive water related damage could cause health related issues ranging from infections to allergic reactions. So leave the home rather than risk an injury or illness related to it. Contacting your home’s insurance carrier immediately and on an on-going basis is key to getting all the help your policy allows, not what they are “willing or wanting” to pay…what you are entitled to by your contract (policy).
Floodwater is also a source of germs and the growth of mold in areas of your home that you cannot see, those places that are dark and warm. Once you get all the water out you can prevent mold and mildew from growing by working with a professional restoration company licensed and experienced in drying your house. It is imperative that a systemized drying system be initiated within a 24 – 48 hour period. Drying times can vary, however in Florida, a good rule of thumb is a minimum of 5 – 7 days. Long-term damage most likely will result and is not covered by your policy if you fail to do it right the first time.
If you have an insurance take pictures and record DETAILED notes on all activity related to the water damage. It will assist in submitting a claim to your insurance provider as well as help in repairs and restoration. NextGen Restoration will help you with the insurance process and stand by you to put your home back to it’s condition before the water damage occurred…both the visible damage and the unseen damage caused by the water.
If you are not sure, call us and we are happy to give you advice from NextGen’s Master Restoration Specialist and Quick Response Team.
In Summary, no matter what you do, act quickly to remove the water and prevent further damage to the building. Always require drying records and reporting from your restoration company that includes thorough, accurate, detailed records proving the most stubborn to dry places in your home are dry and call NextGen 813-962-6855
Water Damage What TO DO Checklist – Summary
- Turn off electricity to affected area
- Stop the water
- Take Pictures or video with time stamp
- Move furniture, equipment, and valuables
- Call NextGen Restoration 813-962-6855 ~ 24/7/365