Water Damage in Your House? Here’s What You Do

Posted on: September 5, 2017 by in Water Damage
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Water is a common substance in life. We drink it, bathe in it, and it is outside, everywhere! Damages caused by water are not unusual due to all of the water we are exposed to in our everyday lives. However, it is important to address issues involving water early on to minimize damages, and for health and safety reasons.

 

Initial Inspection

Water damage usually arises from a particular issue or event. If you are not sure where the damage has stemmed from, an inspection of the surrounding area will likely give you the reason. For example, excessive rainfall and oversaturation of soil as well as cracks in the foundation of a house could cause leaking in a basement. If there is damage in a bathroom it could be due to a leaky pipe or improper ventilation during showers, causing excess moisture to accumulate. Plumbing leaks, as well as leaks in appliances and cracks in the roof of a house can also cause water damage. There can be water damages to a ceiling or a wall as well. A flooded toilet could easily cause the water damage as well. Once you know the issue, you can act to remedy the situation, and minimize water damages.

 

Prevention Methods

To avoid any future water damages, you can take into consideration the areas of the house that are susceptible to flooding. Using a flood sensor can help you to monitor any of these situations. Water sensors alert you if there is water accumulating where it has been installed. This allows a person to take action in clearing away this water right away! Any leaky pipes should also be fixed so that they do not cause a longer term water issue. If your basement, or any other rooms in your house are very humid, you may want to start using a dehumidifier to reduce the moisture in the air. Excess moisture can also cause mould and mildew issues, which is a health hazard. Preventing water damages is not always an option, but taking some of these precautions may save you a lot of time and money!

 

Excess Water

If flooding has just occurred, it is imperative that you remove any excess water straight away using a wet vacuum, sump pump, or another method. This includes removing any loose items that have become wet, such as blankets or carpets. Carpets attached to the floor should be cleaned and dried. If the water that has spread is sewer water, water from a toilet, or river, carpets should be torn up because bacteria can spread and cause illness. Standing water in fibrous materials like carpets can cause mould and mildew issues. Drying out the area as much as possible is important. Water evaporates into the air of the affected area, thus can cause water damage issues even when superficial water has been dried up. A dehumidifier will remove excess moisture in the air. Fans can assist in drying out an area as well. Drying up the area quickly will go a long way to minimizing damages!

 

Insurance Claims

If you have house insurance it may cover flooding. You need to call your insurance company right away. Taking pictures and notes on the damages could also help you get some of the repairwork covered by your insurance company. You can take pictures of the source of the flooding, if there is a specific source. You can take pictures of any flooding itself, as well as after excess water has been cleared up. In these digital ages it is easy to take pictures, so it is better to take too many than too few! Taking pictures will allow you to start clearing up water before the insurance agent arrives, to minimize water damage. They can inspect any remaining damages, and you will have a record of what happened during the event because of your documentation.

 

Professional Services

Not all water damages can be resolved at home. Some need to be handled by a professional. Research to see what range of repairs this person could do for your home. You can call them in for an estimate. It also helps to look at online reviews to get an idea of how reputable the repair person is. Damages to flooring, or ceilings can be quite dangerous. Someone who is trained in these types of damages have the skills necessary to properly repair this water damage. When waiting for a professional to repair a ceiling or other risky area, ensure that you are avoiding walking there, as to not exacerbate the problem or cause danger to yourself. Dealing with flooding and water damage can be very stressful, especially if you do not know what to do. On top of that valuables and other items can need repairs. Calling an expert will minimize these stresses, so you do not feel so burdened with the situation.

 

Conclusion

Water damage can be a stressful occurrence, but if you know what steps to take after it has happened, then you can proceed in the right direction to repair your home to its former glory. You can follow some steps yourself to help prevent water damage, and other steps you can call in an expert to minimize your worry!

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