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Steps to Take After Water Damage

2/17/2022 (Permalink)

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The most common causes of water damage come from broken pipes, leaking appliances, or more serious issues like sewer backups, flooded basements, or even water damage after a fire. When experiencing water damage from any of these sources it is important to know what to do.

Follow these steps if you experience a water damage:

Call Your Insurance Provider: Your insurance company will look at the level of damage and draw out a plan for restoration or pay you for restoration depending on their policies.

Switch Off Power Sources: Water is a good conductor of electricity. When water and electricity come in contact, the water becomes dangerous. The first thing to do when water is gaining momentum is to switch off the power source. However, if switching off the power source requires someone to enter the house and stand in flooded areas, contact a qualified electrician. 

Put on Protective Clothing: To avoid injuries, put on rubber boots and a pair of gloves before going back inside.

Protect Your Valuables: Lift any wooden furniture in flooded areas. Place furniture on a wooden surface or dry carpet to avoid staining. Also remove any rugs that may be on wet flooring.

Dry Out Water Damage and Remove Humidity: Time is of the essence and studies show that starting the drying process  of a home within the first 24 hours and completely drying a home within 3-4 days will almost completely remove the risk of mold and mildew. If you decide to begin the drying process yourself, make sure you wear protective gear. For assistance be sure to contact SERVPRO of South Shasta County. A professional cleaning restoration like SERVPRO is your best bet to restore your property to its previous condition.

Identifying Mold: Mold can begin developing after the first 24 hours of a flood. Once it has started growing it can be difficult to remove. The quicker you remove items from water and begin drying them, the better the chance of preventing mold.

Repairs: Repairs after a water damage are typically what takes the longest amount of time. If major construction is needed be sure to contact SERVPRO of South Shasta County. 

Immediate action is crucial for water damage, and SERVPRO of South Shasta County is equipped to provide an immediate response and successful restoration.  We use advanced equipment and techniques to remove water quickly.  The sooner our professionals can respond to water damage means less structural damage and reduced possibility of mold. 

For 24/7 Water Damage response call SERVPRO of South Shasta County at 530-241-2424

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